The No. 1 overall pick is a pretty serious investment. It’s the ultimate prize that every bad team hopes for, but the Patriots completely botched it in 1982.
Had it been a year later, John Elway would have been a Patriot, but the 1982 draft did not have a sure-fire quarterback prospect, so the Patriots opted to draft a defensive stud. Sims had dominated at Texas and was twice a Consensus All-American defensive end.
As a rookie, Sims only played nine games and recorded three sacks. The next season, he started just two games and played in five. He was nagged by injury but finally had a breakthrough in the 1985 season with 5.5 sacks, but he missed the run to the Super Bowl because of a broken leg.
Luck was certainly a factor for Sims, but even when he was healthy, he did not dominate in the NFL as he did in Austin. He didn’t even come close.