No. 7 – Eddie Kennison, WR
Selected 18th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 1996 NFL Draft
Putting Eddie Kennison on a list of top NFL Draft busts will draw heat from some fans. After all, the former LSU Tigers receiver carved out a 12-year NFL career. But aside from his rookie season, Kennison did not perform like a player drafted 18th overall. Certainly not for the team that drafted him.
Eddie Kennison was a great receiver, lethal kick, and punt returner in Baton Rouge. He led the SEC in punt returns (36) and punt return yards (438) in 1994. Additionally, Kennison led the SEC in punt return yard average (13.3) in 1995.
Kennison’s specialty was speed, as evidenced by his 40-times of 4.28 and 4.32 at LSU’s Pro Day. The Rams coveted such speed, making him the 18th overall pick in a draft class that was deep at receiver.
Ironically, Kennison was outstanding as a rookie, catching 54 passes for 924 yards and nine touchdowns. His efforts earned him Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie First Team honors in 1996. However, a combination of nagging injuries and a disjointed Rams offense inhibited Kennison from repeating his rookie season production.
Eddie Kennsion played for eight teams during his NFL career, including two stints with the Rams. Moreover, his six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, during his age 29-34 seasons, were his most successful.