Yes my favorite second round picks have not panned out.
I was a big Geno Wilson fan.
God then you can go Ras I dowling
Joe Juan Williams
It’s not pretty at all
good second round picks Matt Light
Geno Wilson Deion Branch I’m drawing blanks but there had to be more.
You know that Dowling was considered a top 10 draft pick but the injury risk pushed him into the 2nd round, just like Gronk? And despite the injuries, he went on to having a middling NFL career for a 2nd round draft pick. About half of 2nd round picks don't last past year 2.
The Patsfans mythology about Dowling being a symbol of 2nd round futility is absurd. If you are going to trash that pick, you also have to trash the Gronk pick. They were essentially the same risk/reward calculation. To get a Gronk-like success, you have to throw a lot of stuff at the wall, most of which won't stick. Its like innovation in the business world: if you aren't having failures, you aren't taking enough risk, and won't create anything worthwhile.