Everybody talked about how good Cutler was at Senior Bowl practice, why do they forget how poorly he played in the game? All the greats throw behind their receivers in the endzone. Look at his throwing motion on the pass too.
With the 24th overall pick in the 2001 Draft Mike Shanahan selected Minnesota defensive back Willie Middlebrooks. During his stay in Denver, Middlebrooks never managed to get higher on the depth chart than the nickelback slot. Middlebrooks was so bad that undrafted rookie Lenny Walls was pretty much slated to be the starter before training camp even started.
The Broncos ended up robbing the 49ers in a trade to dump the first round bust getting John Engleberger out of the deal. But does it balance out losing a first round pick? Absolutely not.
For his career Willie Middlebrooks has seven defensed passes, thirty-three tackles, one sack, and zero interceptions. Oh, but to his credit he also has one assault conviction. Shanahan sure knows how to pick high quality character guys.
UPDATE: Shanahan resigned him! haha
Also: Retrospective #1: Marcus Nash
In 1998 the Broncos selected wide receiver Marcus Nash with the 30th overall pick in the draft. Nash's current organization's website lauds over his performance.
Nash has caught more passes, gained more receiving yards, scored more touchdowns and more points than anyone else in [the league] over the last two years.Here's the only problem, that league is the Arena Football League. That's right, Nash has completely washed out of the NFL. In fact, Marcus played only one season in Denver before being shipped out of town. In his rookie year Nash caught only four passes for 76 yards.
In fact, Nash's only real accomplishment in college was being the guy who caught passes from Peyton Manning. But of course this somehow appealed greatly to Shanahan. And of course, Marcus was only one in a series of ridiculous first day picks from Shanahan. We'll take a look at those in the coming days as well.