1. Sergio Kindle – DE, Texas, 2010 NFL Draft, Second Round, 11th Pick
Now, I have to make a disclaimer with this. In 2010, when the Ravens drafted Sergio Kindle, I was excited. He was their first pick in the draft (they traded their first-round pick to the Broncos, which was used to draft Tim Tebow) and I thought that Kindle was a gift so late in the draft.
Just about every analyst thought he was a first-round talent, and I completely agreed. Yes, his knee was a worry, as were his off-the-field issues, but I thought it was worth it.
Then, after he was drafted, in July, Kindle fell down two flights of stairs and was sent to the hospital with head trauma. After that, his career never recovered. He was activated by the Ravens in 2011 for one game and was eventually released in 2012.
Kindle should have been a good addition to the Ravens defense, but ultimately, he turned out to be a sum-zero acquisition.
He literally benefitted the team in no way, and that’s why he’s number one on this list. Was it his fault? I don’t know. But he was a draft pick that ended up being wasted.