In 2004, J.P. Losman was drafted to the Buffalo Bills. Losman got off to a very challenging start, having broken his leg during training camp. It’s speculated that this injury subsequently affected his career.
Sadly for Losman, his recovery kept him from seeing much time on the field during his rookie year. While he did assist in some victories for the Bills in the following year, he was not consistent enough to be the star quarterback for the team. He was passed along to four other teams before retiring in 2011.
Rick Mirer was drafted to the Seattle Seahawks in 1993. Mirer was also a greatly anticipated talent by analysts and scouts but was soon found wanting. He did have some successes during his rookie season, but they paled in comparison to the expectations surrounding him.
Mirer was traded to the Chicago Bears in 1997 and there, only played in seven games. Mirer was passed from team to team, some of which he did not even get to play for. He retired from the NFL in 2004.
Brady Quinn joined the Cleveland Browns in 2007 after signing a 5-year contract. Though his statistics in college were impressive to scouts, Quinn soon showed that college may have been his better years.
Quinn was frequently benched and, when he was put in the game, often gave an average performance. For three seasons he struggled to jumpstart his career with the Browns and then was traded to the Broncos. While there, however, Quinn remained in the same unimpressive plateau. He tried to grab the attention of a handful of other teams but was never selected. Quinn retired from the NFL in 2015.
Jamarcus Russell was a quarterback with a lot of potential but poor execution. Praised for the strength of his throw, Russell was drafted to the Oakland Raiders in 2007. Despite being the starting quarterback for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Russell was lacking the work ethic needed to take his rookie career to the level of stardom it could have been.
He was with the Raiders for three seasons before leaving the NFL altogether. Analysts and commentators were disappointed with the talented player who had more potential than he was willing to pursue.
Todd Blackledge was yet another quarterback that fizzled out early on in their career. He was drafted to the Washington Redskins in 1983 and played with them for five seasons. Blackledge may have been picked before players like Dan Marino, but he sadly didn’t live up to the draft hype.
Blackledge did not make a name for himself within the five years he was on the Redskins' team. He moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only for two seasons as a backup quarterback before he retired from the NFL altogether.