2. Derek Anderson
Desperate for a franchise quarterback, the Cleveland Browns were banking on Brady Quinn as its quarterback of the future in 2007.
However, Derek Anderson was touched by the hand of Otto Graham, because the former Oklahoma State product came from nowhere to go 10-5 as a starter while throwing 29 touchdowns. He had the Browns within a blink of the playoffs and the future looked bright for the strapping,6-foot-6 signal caller with a rifle for an arm.
Then GM Phil Savage saw what he had and acted, signing Anderson to extension that would keep him in Cleveland. Depending on whom you ask, this is what did in the Browns of that era.
They had committed to Quinn by making him a first-round pick, but then, Anderson had his deal, and when you have two quarterbacks, you really have none.
Anderson started 18 more games the next two seasons because of injuries, and when he did play, he was never able to replicate his 2007 performance.
He’s a one-hit wonder for the Browns, but he actually had a long career. After Cleveland, Anderson did a stint in Arizona before he found himself in Carolina, where he backed up Cam Newton until he retired in 2018.