By Matt LaPan
In the past 10 drafts, USC produced more first rounders (17) than any other program, nine of whom were selected in the top 10.
Although USC has delivered some of the top defensive players players in the NFL (Troy Polamalu, 2003; Clay Matthews, 2009), its quarterbacks have not fared as well.
Three QBs were top-10 selections: Carson Palmer (No. 1, 2003), Matt Leinart (No. 10, 2006) and Mark Sanchez (No. 5, 2009). Sanchez's Jets teams had success his first two seasons, but both he and Leinart are considered to be colossal busts. Leinart has started just 18 games in his career (only seven since his rookie season), and he has turned the ball over 24 times compared to just 17 total touchdowns. Sanchez has seen far more time as a starter, but he's seen about the same success rate as Leinart, turning the ball over 89 times compared to just 80 total touchdowns.
Best Picks: Troy Polamalu (2003), Clay Matthews (2009), Brian Cushing (2009)
Worst Picks: Matt Leinart (2006), Mike Williams (2005), Mark Sanchez (2009)
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Well there are plenty of other QB's that didn't work out but as 1st rounders from Florida goes, Rex is on the list of worst picks. He was at the helm of some successful teams, but was he the reason for the success? I don't think so.
Really Rex Grossman was a worst pick? Sure he is not the greatest QB to play the game, but he did throw for over 3,000 yards in two seasons and took a team to the NFC championship. There are plenty of other "bust QBs" who have done worse. Just the fact that the guy has stayed on a roster for 10 years is something of a success point when you consider how many players just plain don't make it at the top level of the game.