Darius Butler, Laurence Maroney Make Grantland’s List of Least Valuable Players in NFL

Bill Belichick is known as one of the best in the business as finding top talent late in the NFL draft.

But according to a list compiled by ESPN's Grantland blog, two of Belichick's recent early draft choices misfired and represent some of the Least Valuable Players in the NFL.

First-round bust Laurence Maroney, a free agent after a short stint in Denver and three seasons in New England, takes the No. 25 spot on the list, while 2009 second-rounder Darius Butler was placed at No. 10.

The team had high hopes for Butler heading into last season, but the cornerback out of the University of Connecticut struggled mightily early on and was benched in the third game of the season. He finished the season with 23 tackles and zero interceptions.

Maroney, perhaps Belichick's biggest bust, opened the list. The running back was traded to the Broncos for a fourth-round pick last season. In Denver he rushed for just 74 yards on 36 attempts.

Shortly after the season, he was arrested on weapon and drug charges, which produced an outstanding mug shot with his dreads looking more like pigtails. The Broncos opted against re-signing the running back.

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