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Which NFL Teams Have Struggled Drafting CB’s?

Find out which teams have struggled mightily drafting the cornerback position.

Bo Marchionte

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Aside from the pass rushers, the cornerback position has been the most sought after in recent times and the teams that have drafted and developed good cornerbacks have been able to produce elite defenses in this offensive landscape.

We discussed those teams that have historically produced the great cornerbacks and now it’s time to talk about the teams who have struggled selecting the position.

Who Drafts the Worst Cornerbacks?

New Orleans Saints

Dave Waymer was arguably the best defensive back the Saints have ever drafted. He played in New Orleans from 1980-1989 before playing three more years with both San Francisco and the Los Angeles Raiders. Waymer made one Pro Bowl in 1987 and was part a key component to some of the best Saints defenses the franchised enjoyed.

Drafted in the second-round out of Notre Dame in the 1980 NFL Draft, he is the only cornerback ever drafted by the Saints to make it to the Pro Bowl.

The Saints have had other good cornerbacks, but those were all players (like Eric Allen) who played elsewhere before arriving in Louisiana.

Waymer is the best of the best of Saints organization regarding their success at drafting and also developing talent in the secondary. Sadly to those who knew him and cheered for him, Waymer passed away in 1993 from a heart attack contributed by the use of cocaine.

 

Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts

Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck give the Colts a free pass on the inability to figure out the nuances of drafting an NFL defensive back.

The Colts have had their ups and downs over the course of their franchise’s history that spans two cities.

Bobby Boyd is their most decorated Colts cornerback as he was named First-Team All-Pro three times (1964, 1965, 1968). After him the well runs dry.

Bone dry!

The Mayflower moving vans that took them out of Baltimore to Indianapolis can not be blamed for losing the draft notes on defensive backs because the Colts haven’t had a game plan on that position since the team began back in 1953.

 

Miami Dolphins

The brand of the Dolphins is built on many things. The perfection of their 17-0 season (1972), legendary head coach Don Shula (and his steaks) and mega-quick release of quarterback Dan Marino.

The “Killer B’s” defense that consisted of Bob Baumhower, Bill Barnett, Lyle Blackwood, Kim Bokamper, Glenn Blackwood, Charles Bowser, Doug Betters and Bob Brudzinski held opponents to 14 points or fewer in the strike-shortened 1982 season.  The Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl and lost to the Washington Redskins. Blackwood is the only defensive back on the list amongst the famed group.

Take away Sam Madison, the teams second-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and the cupboards are bare in the city of Miami.

More people possibly could name the culprit (Ray Finkle) who kidnapped star quarterback Dan Marino in the hit movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective starring Jim Carey, than they could another drafted star defensive back for the Miami Dolphins.

Bo Marchionte is an NFL writer for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade. His background includes being staff for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game as a talent evaluator for player personnel along with an internship scouting with the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the Canadian Football League. Bo’s draft background includes working for the NFL Draft Bible and currently owns and operates College2Pro.com. He has done radio spots on NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN and their affiliates in different markets around the country. Bo covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers along with other colleges in the northeast.

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