National Football League Draft Busts
Drafts are consistently an agitative time. So abounding predictions, so abundant able analysis, so abundant time, money, and activity all spent on one goal: To adjudge which players will accept success in the NFL. An astronomic bulk of adamantine assignment goes into drafting a distinct player. Teams absorb endless hours, days, months, and alike years aggravating to amount out which affairs accept the greatest abeyant to acquisition success. The NFL Abstract consists of 7 circuit of all the circuit the aboriginal annular is the best absorbed and advancing and understandably so as some of the best academy players are drafted in this round. Aback drafted in the aboriginal annular the approaching anticipation has to alive up to the astronomic expectations that appear with actuality drafted in the aboriginal round. Some go on to acquisition success in the NFL and accomplish their assignment as a first-round pick, however, there are abounding affairs in which first-round picks abort to alive up to the expectations. In that scenario, they are advised a “Bust”. Although first-round picks accept astronomic burden to accomplish able-bodied they are additionally actual amply paid.
In 2008, the boilerplate affirmed bacon for a first-round aces in the NFL was $11,924,000. For second-round picks, that cardinal drops to $1,932,000, while third-round picks averaged $668,000 guaranteed. The abrupt bead illustrates the cogent banking accent a academy abstract aperture has for a prospect. So it’s accessible to see why there is so abundant burden on first-round picks. However, the aboriginal annular is not the alone annular of the abstract there are six added circuit abaft it. Teams can defiantly acquisition aptitude in all circuit of the Draft. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was drafted in the third round, 3-time MVP Brett Favre was drafted in the 2nd round, and 3-time Super Bowl champ and approaching Hall of Famer Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th annular with the 199th all-embracing pick. Alike with all the abundant NFL Abstract picks there are some absolutely abhorrent and bluntly brainless abstract decisions. For every Tom Brady, there is a JaMarcus Russell. With that actuality said we now breach bottomward the Top 10 affliction abstract picks in NFL history. Picks that amount their teams millions and the adventitious to abstract approaching NFL stars and Hall of Famers.
The Colts traded to abstract George, authoritative him the aboriginal aces in the 1990 abstract and afresh adored him with the richest amateur arrangement in NFL history. What should accept been a dream career with his hometown Colts angry animal about from the start? By the time it assured afterwards four seasons with a barter to the Atlanta Falcons, he had fabricated abandoned gestures to the hometown fans, argued with Drillmaster Ted Marchibroda, captivated out for 36 days, and approved to get a trade. George would about-face out to be a artisan quarterback actuality on seven altered teams. He had a passer appraisement of 80. 4 and threw for 27,602 yards with 154 touchdowns and 113 interceptions.
Blair Thomas, RB, Penn State (1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2). Thomas was drafted by the New York Jets in the aboriginal annular (second overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. His NFL arena career pned six seasons. Admitting arch NFL rookies in yards-per-carry and AFC rookies in absolute yardage, he is broadly advised addition in a continued band of Jets abstract disappointments. Thomas rushed for alone 2,000 yards and bristles touchdowns in his four seasons with the Jets. Thomas suffered a alternation of acrimonious injuries alpha in 1992 and was appear by the Jets afterward the 1993 season. He began the 1994 division with the New England Patriots but accomplished it with the Dallas Cowboys. He assured his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995.
Akili Smith, QB, Oregon (1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3). Taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 3 all-embracing aces in the 1999 draft, Smith never grasped the complexities of the NFL bold and bootless to appearance the assignment belief appropriate to accomplish in the league. He started aloof 17 amateur over four years with the Bengals, throwing aloof bristles touchdowns. He had two bootless comebacks with the Packers and Buccaneers afore an uneventful, abbreviate assignment in the CFL. As for activity afterwards football, in March 2010 Smith became a alum football abettor at Cal. He was assassin by arch drillmaster Jeff Tedford, who advanced accomplished Smith at Oregon as abhorrent coordinator.
Lawrence Phillips, RB, Nebraska (1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6). Phillips was drafted sixth all-embracing in the 1996 NFL Abstract by the St. Louis Rams admitting his ample appearance issues; several teams with academy picks declared they anesthetized on him because of his off-the-field troubles. Phillips played the 1996 and allotment of the 1997 seasons with the Rams afore abnegation to appearance for a aggregation affair and convenance in a altercation with drillmaster Dick Vermeil over arena time in November 1997. The Rams cut Phillips in 1997.. Phillips is arguably one of the bigger draft-day blunders in NFL history, the Rams anticipation so awful of him that the aggregation traded his predecessor, Jerome Bettis, to the Pittsburgh Steelers anon afterwards drafting Phillips, a barter that would afterwards prove benign to the Steelers. Afterwards the Rams, he played two amateur with the Miami Dolphins afore actuality cut. He afterwards played for the 49ers, CFL, AFL, and NFL Europe. His abandoned career highlight is an abominable one as he absent a acute block on all-pro cornerback Aeneas Williams who proceeded to beating out Steve Young during a Monday Night Football bold adjoin the Arizona Cardinals. This abrasion would advance to the end of Young's career. Phillips had one altercation with the law afterwards addition afterwards his arena career was over, none worse than the one that beatific him to bastille aftermost December for advancing his adherent and active his car into three teens. He is currently confined a 31-year bastille sentence.
Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan State (2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2). The No. 2 all-embracing aces in 2003 by Detroit lasted aloof three seasons in the NFL and bent aloof 36 passes in his 14-game career. Poor attitude, injuries, and a biologic addiction contributed to his failures as an NFL player. Afterwards accepting cut by the Lions in 2005, the aforementioned year the NFL abeyant him for actuality abuse, he had tryouts with the Dolphins, Patriots, and Buccaneers in 2006, but was not signed. His career was finished. Afterwards his career was over Rodgers did not face abundant bigger off the field. He was arrested in September 2008 and answerable with advance and array of a changeable acquaintance. In December 2008, Rogers was bedevilled to appear abnegation cloister or face bastille time afterwards actionable his acquittal afterwards testing absolute for Vicodin. In March 2009, Rogers was confined for actionable probation. On September 16, 2009, Rogers was arrested in Novi, MI for active beneath the access of booze afterwards actuality begin above abaft the caster of his car by police. Rogers was arrested afresh in Novi, MI on January 5, 2010, accepting anesthetized out afterwards bubbler at an On the Border restaurant, which was a abuse of a abnegation cloister order, and afterwards bedevilled to a 93-day bastille term. And aftermost month, Rogers was ordered to acknowledgment $6. 1 actor of his $9. 1 actor signing benefit to the Lions because his biologic use abandoned the acceding of his NFL contract.
Heath Shuler, QB, Tennessee (1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3). Shuler was a first-round alternative in the 1994 NFL Draft, taken by the Washington Redskins with the third all-embracing pick. ESPN rated him the 4th bigger NFL Abstract apprehension of all time.  He captivated out of training affected until he accustomed a 7-year, $19. 25 actor contracts. The Redskins had collapsed on adamantine times aback acceptable Super Bowl XXVI, and Shuler was looked on as the quarterback of the future. However, Shuler's poor comedy contributed to a quarterback altercation with adolescent 1994 abstract aces Gus Frerotte. This was showcased aback Shuler threw bristles interceptions in a bold adjoin the Arizona Cardinals. Shuler started alone 18 amateur in his aboriginal two years with the aggregation and was benched in his third year, as Frerotte went to the Pro Bowl. He was out of the NFL by 1997. As a pro, his career passer appraisement was a abhorrent 54. 3 and in 2004 ESPN rated him the 17th bigger 'sports flop' of the accomplished 25 years. Admitting his NFL career is a adversity clashing best of the antecedent top abstract busts Shuler absolutely did article with his life. Afterwards backward from the NFL, Shuler alternate to the University of Tennessee and completed his education, admission with a amount in psychology. He afresh became a absolute acreage able in Knoxville. His absolute acreage aggregation is one of the bigger absolute firms in East Tennessee. Shuler is a Democratic affiliate of the United States House of Representatives, apery North Carolina's 11th aldermanic commune aback 2007.
Tony Mandarich, OT, Michigan State (1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2). He was the first-round abstract aces of the Green Bay Packers in 1989, additional all-embracing abaft Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, and advanced of the third selection, Hall of Fame active aback Barry Sanders, the fourth selection, Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas, and the fifth selection, abiding All-Pro cornerback Deion Sanders. In 1989, Sports Illustrated alleged him "The Best Abhorrent band anticipation ever". But his career led into what is advised by abounding to be one of the bigger busts in NFL history. The "Incredible Bulk" came into the alliance as one of the best absorbed players in NFL abstract history. Both scouts and media began haling Mandarich as the best abhorrent band anticipation ever, touting his "measurables", "He advised 304, ran the 40 in 4. 65 seconds, did a continuing continued jump of 10'3", leaped angular 30" and bench-pressed 225 pounds an amazing 39 times". The No. all-embracing aces of the Packers in 1989 never lived up to the absurd hype, and afterwards aloof three black seasons in Green Bay, he was cut. In an acrid twist, Sports Illustrated featured Mandarich on its awning s again, however, this time labeling him "The NFL's Absurd Bust” absolutely a abrupt adverse from the antecedent byword of The "Incredible Bulk". Mandarich afterwards accepted to application steroids all throughout his academy career at Michigan State yet he insisted that he played his NFL career clean.
Tim Couch, QB, Kentucky (1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1). The top all-embracing aces in the 1999 abstract was declared to be the authorization quarterback for the anew re-coined Cleveland Browns. Drafted afore Donavan McNabb there were aerial expectations for him in Cleveland. Their GM angrily predicted that Couch would win six playoff games. Although Couch did advance the Browns to the playoffs best of his time in Cleveland was bedridden with boos, inconsistent play, and injuries. The couch was bedeviled by acrimonious injuries and an amateur abhorrent line; additionally he aloof artlessly didn't accept the adequacy of an NFL quarterback. Afterwards accepting cut by the Browns in 2004, he had two bootless comebacks and additionally had a 2-year assignment in the CFL.
Ryan Leaf, QB, Washington State (1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2). Ryan Leaf at cardinal 2 on the best apprehension list? Is this a joke? No there is somebody who we accept is worse than Leaf but don’t get me amiss Leaf was one of the bigger busts not in aloof the NFL but in able sports history. There were absolutely scouts out there who anticipation Leaf would accomplish a bigger pro than Peyton Manning. THE Peyton Manning. Although that angle seems antic now there were absolutely a few bodies who believed Leaf was the bigger QB. Good affair for the Colts they best Manning over Leaf, too bad the aforementioned can’t be said for the San Diego Chargers. In the third bold of his aboriginal division Leaf completed one of fifteen passes for 4 yards and fumbled three times in a accident adjoin the Kansas City Chiefs. He was benched afterwards throwing two touchdown passes and thirteen interceptions in nine amateur and replaced by Craig Whelihan. Afterwards ten games, Leaf had befuddled two added interceptions, casual for a absolute of 1,289 yards, with a 45. 3 percent achievement amount and a passer appraisement of 39. Leaf had poor relationships with the media and his teammates. In one abominable locker allowance adventure during Leaf's amateur year, he was bent on camera agreeable at San Diego Union-Tribune anchorman Jay Posner, "Just f**king don't allocution to me, all right! Beating it off! " and had to be physically aseptic by abettor Junior Seau. Addition on-camera adventure complex Leaf against a heckling Chargers fan during a convenance session. Two coaches had to arrest Leaf and escort him off the field. Afterward added poor performances and abrasion problems, he was appear by the Chargers afterwards the season, with four wins as a amateur in three years. Unfortunately for Leaf, his activity didn’t advance off the acreage either. He has been in agitation with the law assorted times and is currently confined 10 years of acquittal afterwards argumentation accusable in Amarillo, Texas, to eight abomination biologic accuse and accident his job as an abettor football drillmaster at West Texas.
JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU (2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1). Presenting the bigger NFL Abstract apprehension of all time. It will absolutely booty abundant accomplishment to be worse than JaMarcus Russell. Drafted cardinal one all-embracing in the 2007 Abstract Russell angry out to be one of the affliction draftees of all time. He was hailed as the man who could assuredly save the hapless Oakland Raiders. He was anticipation to acknowledgment them to greatness. He was declared to be the Franchise. Now he’s out of the authorization but not afore demography $40 actor and cementing his bequest as the affliction abstract aces EVER! Failing to ability a arrangement acceding with the Raiders, Russell captivated out through training affected and the aboriginal weeks of the 2007 NFL season, until September 12, 2007, aback he active a six-year arrangement account up to $68 million, with $31. 5 actor guaranteed. He is 7-18 as an NFL starter, which is the affliction almanac by a quarterback who was a No. 1 all-embracing pick. He threw for 18 touchdowns and threw 23 interceptions. He threw for 4,083 yards and had a passer appraisement of 65.2 He is the fastest quarterback who was a top aces to be appear by his drafting team. Russell lasted three years in Oakland. Russell was generally cited as actuality lazy, overweight, and unintelligent. He showed up to affected belief an amazing 300 lbs! A ridiculously aerial cardinal for an NFL quarterback. Although Russell’s numbers are above to Ryan Leaf’s; Leaf alone amount the chargers $11 million, JaMarcus on the alternative duke amount the Raiders $40 million. So there you accept it JaMarcus Russell THE bigger Abstract Apprehension in NFL history.
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