Seahawks running back Derrick Fenner (1990)
Fenner was a player that would not be drafted today. Literally. He was taken in the 10th round of the 1990 draft, but let me not stop there. Fenner was charged with murder two years before beginning his NFL career, but it was later found that he was not at the scene of the crime and was not found guilty. A year later, he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and received probation. Fenner played at the University of North Carolina and the school decided Fenner was a bit too much of an issue to have him hang around and the school let Fenner go so he entered the NFL draft.
The Seahawks took a chance on Fenner in 1989 and by 1990 the 6'3" and 240-pound running back was a starter at tailback. Fenner shared carries with fullback John Williams that season. The NFL was a different game 30 years ago as fullbacks not only regularly played every down but actually were expected to produce as well. So Williams blocked for Fenner but Wiliams ran the ball and caught a ton of passes as well.
Fenner ran for 859 yards in 1990 as Seattle went 9-7. But he also scored 14 rushing touchdowns which tied for the NFL lead. He finished with a bit over 1,000 total yards and Fenner also caught 17 passes for 143 yards.
Fenner left Seattle after the 1991 season and never had another season close to the one he had in 1990. He played for 10 total seasons. Per LinkedIn, Fenner is the President and Co-Founder at EverFourward, LLC, based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.