Inevitably, every NFL franchise will experience a moment when a decision didn't work out. 

Too many moving parts exist for everything to go smoothly. The question is how each organization mitigates those inevitable missteps. 

Mistakes can be found regarding coaching hirings, free-agent signings, ill-advised trades, draft selections and/or playing the wrong individual. No one is free from making some type of blunder. The question is how badly those decisions affected their respective situations. 

Whatever the case, the following moves have been regrettable.


Arizona Cardinals: Taking LB Zaven Collins over Top CB Prospect

Rookie linebacker Zaven Collins could turn out to be a fine defender for the Arizona Cardinals. The issue isn't necessarily with him as a player, though he needs to be more than a sub-package defender after being selected with the 16th pick. The positional value and resulting usage are the problems. 

For years, the Arizona Cardinals failed to find a quality bookend to cornerback Patrick Peterson. The all-time great left the team during the offseason, and the Cardinals still aren't settled at the position. Yes, the group is playing better than expected as the league's eighth-ranked pass defense. But the unit doesn't have a long-term answer at the position beyond Byron Murphy Jr. 

Maybe the Cardinals weren't comfortable with Caleb Farley's injury history and passed on the eventual 22nd pick. That's fine. Greg Newsome II (No. 26) and Eric Stokes (No. 29) were the next two cornerbacks off the board and they've thrived as rookies. 


Atlanta Falcons: Not Investing in Long-Term Plan at QB

This offseason, the Atlanta Falcons hired a new general manager in Terry Fontenot and head coach in Arthur Smith. The two entered a financial mess that needed to be cleared up before the franchise could move forward.

As a result, the team had to restructure Matt Ryan's deal this offseason, which will be difficult to move next offseason.

Even so, an opportunity existed for the Falcons to invest in the future. Ryan turns 37 next year. Clearly, the new regime isn't married to the veteran quarterback long-term. Yet the franchise passed on Justin Fields and Mac Jones with this year's fourth overall pick, instead taking Kyle Pitts.

To be clear, he's a wonderful young tight end and a mismatch nightmare. But the decision is only delaying the inevitable regarding the game's most important position.