Safety is the most literally named position in football, aside from maybe kicker and punter. A safety is meant to be that impenetrable last wall of defense should the other nine or ten players on the defense fail to do their jobs. So, when a safety flops it is monumentally ironic, but unfortunately it happens.
In 1999 the Packers used their first three draft choices on defensive backs in an attempt to overhaul their pass defense. Unfortunately only one of the three players – Mike McKenzie – would have any success in the National Football League. The first of the three picks is the topic of this piece however. Antuan Edwards, the 25th overall pick out of Clemson, was one of the biggest disappointments in Packers history.
After a fairly promising rookie campaign in which Edwards played in each game (starting one) while intercepting four passes and returning one for a score, Edwards was named to the College and Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie team. However, that would prove to be the high point of his career as he would go on to play just 37 more games for the Packers over the course of the next four years. Edwards battled injuries over those four years and multiple times had his starting job revoked in favor of Marques Anderson. With just two sacks, seven interceptions and 116 tackles to his name, the Packers expected a lot more out of their 1999 first round pick.