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Though plenty of focus is heaped on the first-round quarterbacks who become busts at the NFL level, there’s another position that generated plenty of first-round players who can’t transfer their skills to the pro game.
Wide receiver.
From Charles Rogers to Ashley Lelie to Donte’ Stallworth to RaShaun Woods to Reggie Williams to Mike Williams to Troy Williamson to Matt Jones, plenty of first-round pass-catchers have flamed out, just in this decade.
One of the highest-profile receiving busts of the past decade, Peter Warrick, exited the NFL after the 2005 season, ending his career after only six years.
Even though he was the fourth overall pick in the 2000 draft.
But Warrick has resurfaced.  In the Indoor Football League.
He plays for the Bloomington (Illinois) Extreme, and he made he debut on March 14.  Another game was scheduled for Saturday night.  But with the men’s NCAA basketball tournament and the women’s NCAA basketball tournament and the men’s and women’s NIT basketball tournaments and baseball spring training and the world baseball thingee and the NBA and the NHL and NASCAR and the NFL offseason and NCAA football spring practices and professional bull riding and a three-state cornhole tournament, the IFL news and notes tend to get lost in the shuffle.
After being dumped by the Seahawks prior to the start of the 2006 regular season, Warrick signed with the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League, quitting after one game.  Last year, he signed with Montreal of the CFL, but was cut a week later.
In his IFL debut, Warrick caught three passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns.
With his NFL career has already burned, smoldered, and turned to scattered ash, we respect Warrick.  If he invested that $8.5 million signing bonus wisely (i.e., if he buried it in the back yard), he’s not playing because he needs the money.  He’s playing because he loves football.
Though we still think that indoor football is essentially basketball in pads, it’s the next best thing to playing football outdoors.
And maybe, just maybe, Warrick will do well enough in the IFL to catch the attention of a certain four-team outdoor league with four head coaches who might remember that Warrick at least had the potential to become a top-five pick only nine years ago.

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  1. DanSnyder says: Mar 22, 2009 8:49 AM

    Funny and sad what happened to him, I am somewhat reminded of crabtree when I think of peter warrick, good moves good receiver all around but not very fast. No one wants a WR who can be caught from behind every play, well not at the #1 position, typically if you have one at the #2 at least its a big possession guy who can jump for the ball.
    Don’t think anyone would have thought his teammate coles would have ended up the better widereceiver. What coles go in, 3rd round?

  2. The Last Emperor says: Mar 22, 2009 8:55 AM

    ” and he made he debut ”
    Good job Orio!

  3. brasho says: Mar 22, 2009 9:16 AM

    For all you know-nothings that think any stock put into 40 times is too much stock, Peter Warrick ran a 40 in the mid 4.6 range at his pro day when he came out of school 9 years ago… and his biggest problem in the NFL? Inability to separate because of a lack of long speed.
    Koren Robinson also ran a slow 40 (4.67) but his biggest problem separating was his problem separating himself from the bottle.

  4. mindprobe says: Mar 22, 2009 9:39 AM

    I know this is picking nits but wasn’t Matt Jones a QB in college and then moved to WR in the NFL?

  5. Brewster says: Mar 22, 2009 9:40 AM

    Now that’s a meaningful story. I’ve been losing sleep at nights wondering whatever happened to Peter Warrick.
    At least you had the good sense to post it in a Sunday morning, in the off season.

  6. ar1888 says: Mar 22, 2009 10:09 AM

    You also forgot David Terrell, Rod Gardner, Freddie Mitchell,David Boston, and Craig Davis.

  7. CaptainFantastik says: Mar 22, 2009 10:16 AM

    4 teams. What a joke that “league” is going to be.

  8. ar1888 says: Mar 22, 2009 10:22 AM

    Also Koren Robinson,Bryant Johnson Micheal Clayton, and Robert MEahem.

  9. drunkhaloplayer says: Mar 22, 2009 10:50 AM

    Good for him. Speaking of Troy Williamson, I wish the Vikings wouldn’t have given up on him. His 5 catches last season for 30 yards would’ve been huge for us.

  10. RonO says: Mar 22, 2009 3:27 PM

    “He’s playing because he loves football”
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah how cute. Hand me a Kleenex.
    St Florio morphs into St Peter King. The journey continues.

  11. edge3281 says: Mar 22, 2009 4:45 PM

    His downfall didn’t start with his 40 time. His downfall started with the total collapse of this play at the end of the season.

  12. ffguru215 says: Mar 22, 2009 4:46 PM

    also Freddie “FREDEX” Mitchell and Rod Gardner and David Terrell of Michigan. Wow thats alot of flops in the 1st round.

  13. Real Football Fan says: Mar 22, 2009 6:36 PM

    Lets you see that the 40 matters alot at that position.
    This guy was the man when I was in college, and I thought there was no way he wouldn’t be special in the NFL because of the moves we routinely saw him put on the field.

  14. RagingTide says: Mar 22, 2009 9:23 PM

    I live in Bloomington, and I didn’t even know this. Nice to see former NFL Players competing with the best of our $50 per game players

  15. LostInDaJungle says: Mar 23, 2009 10:51 AM

    Warrick blew out the cartilage in his knees in the early years of his career. Other than that, a pretty decent wideout who ended the Chiefs hopes for an undefeated 2005.

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