3. David Carr, QB, Drafted in 2002 by the Houston Texans
With the Texans, David Carr may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Coming out of college, analysts heavily touted him as the next, great franchise quarterback, but he failed to live up to the hype. While some reports speculated he failed because of poor skills and a lack of desire, he certainly failed because of a porous offensive line and an undisciplined team.
In 2002, the Houston Texans became the newest addition to the NFL. With their first ever draft pick, they selected David Carr out of Fresno State. During his rookie campaign, he was sacked an NFL record 76 times and in five years with Houston, he was sacked 249 times. It’s hard to establish a relationship with the now great receiver Andre Johnson, who the Texans selected in 2003, when you are laying on the turf.
As Carr walked onto the draft stage, ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman declared, “There can be no debate. What a person—what a person—to build a franchise around, guys.” Another analyst agreed, “I don’t see anything with Harrington [selected by the Lions with the 3rd pick that year] or Carr that you can say is a question mark…” The same analyst continued, “When you look at Carr or Harrington three or four years down the road, you are not going to call any of these two players a bust or disappointment. Right now, Harrington is out of the league and Carr is a free agent.
I think it’s fair to say, both are busts.