Jan 17 2014
We couldn’t imagine the feeling of being a young, 20-something athlete, awaiting the biggest day of your life—draft day.
It’s probably a little nerve-wrenching knowing that your life is about to change, being handed a huge contract and carrying the weight of great expectations.
And if you’re lucky enough to be considered the No. 1 pick, well then, it’s a not only complimentary of your sports skills, but also of your character.
It takes something special to land atop the draft board, but as we’ve seen over the history of sports, not everyone is cut-out for it.
These are some former No. 1 picks who we think you may actually be better than.
5. Alexandre Daigle, Ottawa Senators
We admit that, although we’re not super old, this one is even a little bit further back than we wanted to go when thinking about athletes to put on this list.
Problem is, Daigle made it too damn difficult not to add him.
Originally touted as the next Mario Lemieux, the right winger did nothing to help his new franchise do anything memorable—besides losing—as they only won a total of 33 games in the first three years with this guy on the ice for them.
Daigle got handed the highest rookie contract in NHL history, yet spoiled any future success by totaling just 327 points in his 10 seasons.
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