5 Broncos draft busts since 2000 you may have forgotten about
With a second-round pick in the 2004 draft (No. 54 overall), the Broncos selected Darius Watts out of Marshall. At the time, this looked like a fantastic pick. In retrospect, it was every bit as bad and probably much worse than the Latimer pick (No. 56 overall) 10 years later.
In college, Watts was the best receiver in Marshall history not named Randy Moss. He put up huge numbers at the school and it looked like he would fit in quite well with the Broncos and the kind of passing attack Mike Shahanan was looking to implement.
But that just did not happen.
Watts didn’t get off to a bad start as a rookie, catching 31 passes for 385 yards and one touchdown that season. But in year two, he fell out of favor with the coaching staff and was inactive for the final 10 games of the season.
He caught just two passes that year.
When it seemed that Watts was still way behind where it seemed his progress should be during the preseason on 2006, the team chose to part ways with him as part of final roster cuts.
He was signed by the New York Giants but spent most of his time there on the practice squad before being cut. He then played one season of Arena Football before his professional career was over.
Watts is not the only player from the 2004 draft on this list and he’s not even the only one from Marshall on here.