With the 2nd overall selection in the 1993 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks chose the highly lauded QB out of Notre Dame, Rick Mirer. Originally, it wasn't a controversial pick. After seeing him play at Notre Dame, Bill Walsh had called Mirer 'the second coming of Joe Montana' and Seahawk fans were hopeful that he was right. He was to be the savior of the franchise. Mirer even played relatively well his first season, setting records for attempts, completions and yards for a rookie.
Unfortunately, after that, it was all downhill. By the time his 3rd and 4th seasons rolled around, it was quite clear that Mirer was no Joe Montana. In '96, he passed for only 5 TDs while throwing 12 interceptions and completed only 51% of his passes. Mirer's play was so bad that Pro Football Reference actually named him the Worst Quarterback of All Time. Yikes. Not what you'd hope for in a franchise-reviving quarterback.
Eventually the Seahawks decided they had had enough. They shipped him off to Chicago, along with a 4th round pick, for the Bears' 1st rounder in 1997. While his play in relation to his high selection and billing probably warrants the number one spot on this list, Mirer is spared because the Seahawks were able to recoup a first round pick for him, a pick that was later used, convolutedly, to select one Walter Jones, the greatest left tackle to ever play the game of football.
Because of that fact, the pick wasn't as completely wasted and useless (or destructive) as that used on my list's #1 biggest draft bust in Seattle Seahawks' history. Most of you already know who it will be, but I'll announce that tomorrow.
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