Giovanni Carmazzi was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2000 NFL draft. And, although he was picked ahead of Tom Brady, Carmazzi had a very short career in the NFL.
He soon fizzled out after joining the 49ers, or you might say he never even had the chance to fizzle out. For two years, he stayed on the field only for practice but was never put in a game. Without success in the NFL, Carmazzi tried his hand with the World League of American Football and in the Canadian Football League, also without success.
NFL scouts took a big chance when they set their sights on Brandon Weeden. Analysts were highly skeptical of scouts recruiting the NFL hopeful who had played a spread offense in college, but Weeden soon became part of the Cleveland Browns.
In Weeden’s very first game as part of the Browns' roster, he finished with a 5.1 passer rating which was the lowest passer rating for any opening game of the season. Unfortunately, he continued to perform poorly in his next games and was eventually replaced by Jason Campbell.
For the 1999 NFL draft, Akili Smith was the third pick for the Cincinnati Bengals. Smith had one impressive year under his belt, which gave coaches hope of him being a tremendous asset to their team, but unfortunately, Smith wasn’t made to last.
Smith didn’t participate in training camp, which greatly hindered any progress he could make. His life off of the field became an even larger hindrance to his fledgling NFL career as he became an excessive partier. In total, he played in 22 games and, in a short four seasons in the NFL, only threw for 5 touchdown passes.
To be considered overrated, QB’s are recognized as astounding players in the first place. Steve McNair played 13 seasons with the Titans after being a top NCAA player and a Heisman finalist. He took the Titans to the Super Bowl in 2000 after taking them to the postseason three other times.
He was a three-time Pro Bowler, an NFL MVP, and he led the league in passing in 2003. His jersey is retired in Tennessee. Tragically, two years after he retired, his life was tragically taken by ex-girlfriend Sahel Kazemi.
Some players are truly great, but a memorable fail sticks them with the label. Donovan McNabb took the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004 only to throw three interceptions. Those picks quite literally handed the title to the Patriots.
Still, McNabb is a six-time Pro Bowler and an Eagles Hall of Famer with his jersey retired in Philadelphia. In college, his future looked bright as a three-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year and a Big East Offensive Player of the Decade. In the NFL, he passed 37,276 yards and rated at 85.6.