While glancing through the many NFL Draft write-ups and wrap-ups last week, I couldn’t help but notice a disturbing trend between former #1-overall draft picks who had played in the annual Senior Bowl leading up to the draft. If you look at the list of the last 5 first-overall picks that played in the Senior Bowl, you’ll notice it’s not great company to be in:
2013 — Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)
2003 — Carson Palmer (USC)
2002 — David Carr (Fresno State)
1988 — Aundray Bruce (Auburn)
1986 — Bo Jackson (Auburn)
*Jackson never played for the Bucs.
*Carr & Bruce were colossal busts.
*Palmer has a had a “good” career at best, but injuries have prevented him from ever living up to the status of a #1-overall pick.
You have to go all the way back to 1975, when quarterback Steve Bartkowski was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, to find a Senior Bowl #1 pick who had a great NFL career. If recent history holds true, Kansas City Chiefs won’t be pleased in the future when looking back at how Eric Fisher’s career played out, but hopefully the former CMU Chippewa can break the trend.
For Chiefs fans’ sake at least.