Like many No. 1 and No. 2 picks in draft history, the NFL careers of Winston and Mariota will be intertwined for as long as they play in the NFL (and, perhaps, even well beyond). As the two quarterbacks embark on what their respective teams and fanbases hope will be long and productive careers, we take a look at the worst 1-2 overall pick punches in the NFL draft's modern era.
1. 1992 - Steve Emtman and Quentin Coryatt
The Indianapolis Colts had the first two picks in the 1992 NFL Draft, and it didn't go all that well for them. But, before we point fingers and laugh at the early-to-mid 1990s Colts and their draft adventures, let's remember that this overall draft class is arguably the worst in the past quarter century. Take a look at the players selected in the first round that year; a team was more likely to get a player who didn't come close to meeting expectations than one that had a productive career. Unfortunately for the Colts, they landed two players that didn't meet expectations. Emtman played just nine games over three injury-plagued years for the Colts. Coryatt's most famous play was a potential game-changing interception that he dropped against the Pittsburgh Steelers in that thrilling 1995 AFC Championship Game.
2. 1972 - Walt Patulski and Sherman White
3. 1979 - Tom Cousineau and Mike Bell
Cousineau never played for the Bills, opting instead to play for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. When Cousineau decided to return to the NFL, the Bills traded him to the Cleveland Browns. While Couiseau's NFL career was brief (six seasons), Bell had a 12-year career spent entirely with the Chiefs. In 1984, Bell posted a career-high 13.5 sacks (Bell and the Chiefs' top pick in 1978, Art Still, combined for 28 sacks in 1984).
4. 1982 - Kenneth Sims and Johnie Cooks
Sims played eight seasons in the NFL, all for the Patriots, and was a member of the team that advanced to Super Bowl XX. However, with just 17 sacks over those eight years, Sims never lived up to the immense expectations that come with being the No. 1 overall selection in a draft. A year before the Colts got burned by selecting John Elway at No. 1 in the draft, the team took Cooks. Cooks played seven seasons for the team (five of which came after it relocated to Indianapolis), and registered a career-high 11.5 sacks in 1984.
5. 1990 - Jeff George and Blair Thomas
George had a long career in the NFL -- 12 seasons -- but played for five different teams (and then spent time with, but didn't play for, two others). In four seasons with the Colts, George threw 41 touchdowns and 46 interceptions. Thomas was a massive disappointment for the Jets, never reaching the 1,000-yard plateau. It also doesn't help that the second running back selected in the 1990 NFL Draft was Emmitt Smith, who went on todo somenice thingsfor the Dallas Cowboys. After George, the next three quarterbacks selected were 1989 Heisman winner Andre Ware to the Detroit Lions, Tommy Hodson to the New England Patriots and Peter Tom Willis to the Chicago Bears.
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2013 - Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel
The 2013 NFL Draft is on the fast track toward recognition as one of the worst in NFL history. The first two players selected in this draft aren't aiding the class' case (though running backs Le'Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy are helping out), but there is still time for redemption for Fisher, Joeckel and others who might not have risen to fulfill pre-2013 draft promise at this point. Unfortunately for Fisher, however, the 2015 season isn't off to a promising start.