No. 2 – Ereck Flowers, OT Miami 1st Rd (9th) 2015
Perhaps the most infamous draft selection in the history of New York Giants football, Ereck Flowers checking in only at number two on our list may be a surprise to some. At what can best be described as a massive reach to fill a glaring roster hole, the selection of Flowers was heavily scrutinized from day one. Projected as a late first round pick, Reese was ripped for panicking after his initial guy, Brandon Scherff, was taken earlier than expected.
The only thing keeping Flowers from donning the number one spot on the list is the fact that he actually started almost three full years for Big Blue. His career AV, a Pro Football Reference statistic that measures a players overall value to their team, was a respectable 20 (Justin Pugh checks in at 26, for comparison). This stat heavily factors in games started, but to Flowers’ credit he did play through many injuries and at least appeared to try to remedy his issues time and time again.
Unlike other members of this list, and Eli Apple, Flowers was correctly released by the new regime a handful of games into the 2018 season. While it is very uncommon for a first round pick to not finish out the guaranteed portion of their contract, Flowers’ play certainly warranted that. The former Miami Hurricane did latch on with his former coach in Jacksonville, but by all accounts his play has hardly changed and he could be out of the league all together very soon.