14. CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, 6th Overall Pick 2005 Draft
I strongly considered placing Pacman Jones in the last spot of our rankings, but it wasn’t for lack of talent or production. Like Locker, Jones was selected with a top 10 pick, so the Tennessee Titans desperately needed him to help turn the franchise around. Coming out of West Virginia, Jones displayed all the key traits a team could want in a lockdown corner as well as electric return ability. After a respectable rookie season at cornerback and on special teams, Jones exploded in his second year for 4 interceptions, 12 passes defended, and 63 tackles while leading the league in punt return average and scoring 3 touchdowns on special teams.
The Titans knew that Jones had issues off the field when they drafted him, since he was on probation at the time, but the Titans were unable to rein him in. After various assault, felony, misdemeanor, and drug possession charges, Jones and his entourage were involved in a shooting in a Las Vegas nightclub. This prompted a one year suspension for Jones and caused the Titans to cut ties with the talented young cornerback by trading him to Dallas.
Jones was later released from Dallas due to another alleged involvement in a shooting, and has since carved out a decent career as an average to above average starter for the Cincinnati Bengals. However, his tenure with the Tennessee Titans was disastrous to say the least. He had one remarkable season, which might put him ahead of Locker, but turned out to be a waste of potential and a high draft pick for Tennessee due to off the field issues that have still not been resolved.