7. Brandon Weeden, QB, 2014
Brandon Weeden will always be remembered in the NFL for being the oldest first-round pick in history. In 2012, the Cleveland Browns rolled the dice on the 28-year-old from Oklahoma State. A former baseball player, Weeden got a late start in the NCAA but still showed a lot of promise.
Unfortunately, he never put it all together. Weeden was just 5-15 in two seasons for the Browns before being released. He did show off his cannon of an arm during that span, as he had 5,116 yards in just 20 games but he was also sporting a 23-to-26 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Even with his flaws, Dallas believed he would be a good backup to Tony Romo. They brought him in and he did have to start one game during the 2014 campaign, which was a frustrating 28-17 loss to Arizona. Weeden finished the year with 303 yards and three touchdowns against two picks, but both interceptions came in his lone start and he had just 183 yards in that game.
Despite the struggles against Arizona, Jerry Jones said they still believed in Weeden, and considering he finished the year with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams during garbage time against Indy, why shouldn’t we all buy in?
Well, apparently even Jerry wasn’t being truthful.
The very next season, Tony Romo went down with a broken clavicle and that meant it was Weeden’s time to shine. That’s also when the Cowboys got desperate and traded for Matt Cassel. Weeden was then released to make room for Romo’s return, finishing 0-4 as a starter for Dallas.