Biggest Draft Bust, Championship
The field has narrowed down to two: Rick Mirer and Dan McGwire. Mentioning either name will make a Seahawks fan anywhere cringe. Equally nauseating and both dreadful, who is the bigger bust? Cast your votes – I’ll be out of town until next week, so the poll will be up through the weekend.
Rick Mirer was the second overall selection in the 1993 NFL Draft, preceded by Drew Bledsoe as the first choice. The quarterback from Notre Dame was supposed to be the next Joe Montana, but that couldn’t have been any further from reality. In four seasons with Seattle, Mirer barely completed over half of his passes, throwing for 9,904 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 56 interceptions. Fortunately for Seattle, they were able to unload Mirer to Chicago for the eleventh overall pick in the 1997 draft – the year we ended up selecting Shawn Springs and Walter Jones in the first round.
Dan McGwire was the poster child of the Ken Behring era – his selection with the sixteenth overall pick in the 1991 draft pretty much sums up Behring’s ownership. The 6’8” quarterback from San Diego State seemed like a good physical prospect with a rocket arm, but he was a complete failure in the NFL. Apparently, he wasn’t taking the same stuff his brother Mark was using. Dan spent four miserable seasons in Seattle, and was surpassed on the depth chart by the likes of Kelly Stouffer and Stan Gelbaugh. He completed 50.3% of his passes and threw for 745 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Oh, and the worst part? Brett Favre was on the board. Great choice, Behring (everything from California has to be better, right Ken?).
12th Man: Feel free to comment – tell everyone who you voted for and why.