Top 10 worst Arizona Cardinals Draft Busts (Series 1 of 10)

  • Jason Mulkey

With the NFL draft fast approaching, (less than a month away) I thought we could take a look back at some of the prior drafts for the Arizona Cardinals, and see who all did not live up to their draft status and expectations as a member of the Cardinals organization.

Over the next ten days, I will chronicle those players that have been considered a bust for the team, as well as tell you where they might be now. I’m sure many fans are familiar with most of the players that I am about to portray , but I will ask those fans to step back in that time machine , and travel with me as we tread down this journey once again.

So without further ado; let’s kick it off, starting with the tenth biggest disappointing player to ever put on a Cardinal uniform:


10. Cody Brown, OLB/2009, 2nd round (63 overall)    

Brown (52) running drills at practice (photo courtesy of

Brown (52) running drills at practice (photo courtesy of


Brown was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played defensive end for the University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies, but his blitzing skills and range dropping back in pass coverage could see him more as an outside linebacker  at the next level. Brown’s outstanding athleticism sought him out to be a dominant pass rushing specialist for the Cardinals. Unfortunately Brown suffered a wrist injury in the 2009 preseason, and was placed on season ending injured reserve before his NFL career as a rookie could even begin. The Cardinals released Brown in August of the following season (2010). He was claimed off waivers in back to back seasons by the Jets and Lions, but never recorded a single stat in the in the league. Brown tried to reboot his career in the  CFL, (Canadian Football league) but failed to do so.

Tomorrow I will reveal the 9th worst draft bust for the Arizona Cardinals; but first; here is a look at an honorable mention.

Tony Sacca, QB/ 1992 2nd round (36 overall)

Sacca was a highly regarded quarterback prospect coming out of Penn State. He was the Cardinals first selection that year, as they did not have a first round pick. There were immediate red flags on him entering training camp that season, as he complained about the size of the pro ball and that he had to adjust. He played in just two games for the Cardinals in 1992, and in his eleven pass attempts, he only completed four of them along with two interceptions. Tony could have easily made the top 10 list; but because I do not remember much of him at all, I decided to leave him out.

 Phoenix Sports-Kings contributor Jason Mulkey @_JayBird79

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