4: PERCY HARVIN, WR/KR, 2013-2014
We don’t have to go back very far to find our 4th entry on this list. Our readers were adamant that the massive haul the Seahawks sent to Minnesota to obtain Harvin turned out to be a complete waste of resources.
Harvin arrived with a lot of fanfare and high expectations after 4 tumultuous seasons with the Vikings. His many off-field red flags were easily dismissed by most because of how electric he could be on the field as both a receiver and kick returner.
Sadly, Harvin got hurt during his first summer in Seattle and missed most of the 2013 season. His one highlight as a Hawk was the second half kickoff he returned for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVIII to basically put the game out of reach.
The next year, presumably healthy, Harvin’s sour demeanor turned off his bosses, and he was shipped out to New York for a low draft pick just to rid the team of his divisive clubhouse influence.
Harvin spent last season (mostly injured) in Buffalo, and it now appears as if he’s played his last game in the NFL. Another bright star burned out way too soon.
3: KELLY JENNINGS, CB, 2006-2010
Jennings could serve as the poster child for the ill-fated Tim Ruskell era as General Manager. Ruskell seemed to place almost no value on size, particularly on defense. In an admittedly weak 2006 cornerback class (and actually an extremely weak draft class overall), Ruskell selected Miami’s Jennings with the 31st pick in the first round the year after Seattle made their first Super Bowl appearance. At 5’11” and only 175 lbs, Jennings was the anti-Pete Carroll version of an outside CB, and he struggled mightily against the bigger WR’s in the NFC West. Remarkably, however, Jennings started 14 games in Carroll’s first season at the helm. THAT is how bad the CB talent was on the roster Carroll inherited.
Jennings managed only 2 INT’s in his five seasons in Seattle and was gone after that first year with Carroll. He lasted one more year as a backup in Cincinnati before his career was finished.
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