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Mogulseeker
05-09-2010, 02:04 PM
Sorry if it's a repost. They missed some key guys, so I don't know how reliable it is. Still...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/389546-the-nfls-10-biggest-draft-busts#page/1

1. Jamarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders
Picked first overall in 2007, it took Raiders' owner Al Davis three years and $39-million to realize what others knew much earlier—that Russell lacked the work ethic and character to develop into a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL.

2. Ryan Leaf, San Diego Chargers
The Colts got Peyton Manning with the top pick of the 1998 draft and the Chargers took Ryan Leaf second. Has there ever been such a dramatic difference in the careers of the top two overall picks? Leaf flamed out, courtesy of his over-inflated ego and complete lack of maturity.

3. Heath Shuler, Washington Redskins
The Redskins took Shuler with the third overall pick in the 1994 draft, expecting he would lead them for a decade. However, he struggled as a rookie, failed to progress in his second year and lost his job to the unheralded Gus Frerotte in 1996. He was out of the league the subsequent year and is now a congressman.

4. Lawrence Phillips, St. Louis Rams
The Rams took him with the sixth pick of the 1996 draft, figuring they could nurture him and reap the rewards of his tremendous talent. A year and a half later, after frequent reports of missed meetings, insubordination, missed assignments and little production, they jettisoned him. Best remembered for missing the block that led to Steve Young's retirement while he was with the 49ers.

5. Tim Couch, Cleveland Browns
The resurrected Browns used the first selection of the 1999 draft to select Couch. However, the Kentucky product failed to live up to the hype although, to be fair, the Browns failed miserably in finding talent to surround him with. He lasted five years in Cleveland, never rising above mediocrity before a rotator cuff injury ended his career.

6. Steve Emtman, Indianapolis Colts
Emtman was an over-hyped college talent not worthy of his lofty draft status as the first overall selection in the 1992 draft. Injuries decimated his career and he played in only 18 games over three years with the Colts.

7. Blair Thomas, New York Jets
The Jets took the Penn State product with the second pick in the 1990 draft figuring the All-American runner would bolster the team's lackluster rushing attack for years. Unfortunately, Thomas finished his four-year Jet career with just over 2,000 yards rushing. He failed to usurp fullback Brad Baxter and an aging Freeman McNeil for playing time.

8. Andre Ware, Detroit Lions
Taken seventh overall in the 1990 draft, the Lions quickly realized that Ware's talents weren't suited to the NFL. Ware won the Heisman Trophy as a Houston Cougar courtesy of the innovative run and shoot offense, but couldn't beat out journeyman quarterbacks Rodney Peete and Erik Kramer while with the Lions. He started five games during his third and fourth years in the league and then bounced around the NFL, NFL Europe and the CFL.

9. Tony Mandarich, Green Bay Packers
When he entered the league in 1989, it was a foregone conclusion that Mandarich would end his career as the best offensive guard to ever set foot on an NFL field. However, he held out as a rookie and failed to win a spot in the starting lineup until his third year in the league. Who can ever forget the 1992 cover of Sports Illustrated that labeled Mandarich "The NFL's Incredible Bust"?

10. Brian Bosworth, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks used a first round pick in the 1987 supplemental draft to acquire the self promoting linebacker. The Oklahoma product was a complete bust in Seattle, failing to tackle well, unable to rush the passer and a disaster in coverage. His movie career didn't turn out much better.

Durango
05-09-2010, 03:33 PM
Few could argue the top 9, but, as much as I disliked Brian Bosworth, he wasn't that bad a player for the Seahawks and he added a competitive aggressiveness to their defense they were lacking before he got there. I recall a heated dislike between Elway and Bosworth along with some memorable moments when the two were on the field. He certainly wasn't worth what the Seahawks ended up paying for him, not to mention the aggravation & hold-outs, but, all things considered, even our own Broncos had worst busts in Ted Gregory, Tommy Maddox, and Marcus Nash.

Mogulseeker
05-09-2010, 03:37 PM
Few could argue the top 9, but, as much as I disliked Brian Bosworth, he wasn't that bad a player for the Seahawks and he added a competitive aggressiveness to their defense they were lacking before he got there. I recall a heated dislike between Elway and Bosworth along with some memorable moments when the two were on the field. He certainly wasn't worth what the Seahawks ended up paying for him, not to mention the aggravation & hold-outs, but, all things considered, even our own Broncos had worst busts in Ted Gregory, Tommy Maddox, and Marcus Nash.

Willie Middlebrooks, Jarvis Moss, Paul Toviessi.

TheReverend
05-09-2010, 03:48 PM
I dont think guys who had their careers derailed by injuries like Couch really belong on this list.

Kaylore
05-09-2010, 04:17 PM
I dont think guys who had their careers derailed by injuries like Couch really belong on this list.

He got to nail Heather Kozar, so yeah, he did OK.

Bigdawg26
05-09-2010, 04:29 PM
Joey Harrington???

Atwater His Ass
05-09-2010, 04:32 PM
If injuries were the reason a player couldn't perform, not sure I agree they should be labeled as busts.

FADERPROOF
05-09-2010, 04:41 PM
I dont think guys who had their careers derailed by injuries like Couch really belong on this list.

Personally, Courtney Brown was a bigger draft bust for the Cleveland Browns than Tim Couch was.

extralife
05-09-2010, 04:49 PM
Couch wasn't that bad, honestly. I was always surprised he never got another shot.

KCStud
05-09-2010, 04:49 PM
Leaf has to be number one, especially considering people thought he could be better than Manning. At least Russell won a few games against above average teams.

WolfpackGuy
05-09-2010, 05:16 PM
Steve Emtman was snakebitten with injuries.

He was actually decent when healthy, but that wasn't very often.

ColoradoDarin
05-09-2010, 05:52 PM
I'm not a fan of bleacher report, the posts usually lack basic logic....

8. Andre Ware, Detroit Lions
Taken seventh overall in the 1990 draft, the Lions quickly realized that Ware's talents weren't suited to the NFL. Ware won the Heisman Trophy as a Houston Cougar courtesy of the innovative run and shoot offense, but couldn't beat out journeyman quarterbacks Rodney Peete and Erik Kramer while with the Lions. He started five games during his third and fourth years in the league and then bounced around the NFL, NFL Europe and the CFL.

Rodney wasn't a journeyman in 1990, he was drafted in 1989....

mhgaffney
05-09-2010, 05:57 PM
C Brown was dogged by injuries. Does not qualify as a bust.

DBroncos4life
05-09-2010, 06:29 PM
He got to nail Heather Kozar, so yeah, he did OK.

I would rather do that then play in the NFL.

Mogulseeker
05-09-2010, 06:31 PM
I would rather do that then play in the NFL.

I'd rather play in the NFL and get dozens of bitches.

TheReverend
05-09-2010, 06:38 PM
Personally, Courtney Brown was a bigger draft bust for the Cleveland Browns than Tim Couch was.

Here's a picture of me reading that post:













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baja
05-09-2010, 07:35 PM
Here's a picture of me reading that post:

Ate beans huh...













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Ate beans did ya..

loborugger
05-09-2010, 08:57 PM
I'd rather play in the NFL and get dozens of b****es.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_206Vk7BcsTg/S8h_BhIyESI/AAAAAAAABtw/Iu0oB868_Po/s400/ben-roethlisberger-drunk-2.jpg

Mogulseeker
05-09-2010, 09:13 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_206Vk7BcsTg/S8h_BhIyESI/AAAAAAAABtw/Iu0oB868_Po/s400/ben-roethlisberger-drunk-2.jpg

Not like Rapistberger though.

And that photo was of him in college, not an NFL player yet.

boppool
05-09-2010, 09:51 PM
Akili Smith also was a hugh bust.

bowtown
05-09-2010, 09:54 PM
Personally, Courtney Brown was a bigger draft bust for the Cleveland Browns than Tim Couch was.

Terrible, terrible call.

Killericon
05-10-2010, 12:55 AM
For me, such a list can only be made of top 3 picks. Otherwise, you start getting into Troy Williamson territory, and he was a WAY bigger bust than Couch, ignoring the discrepancy in where they were drafted. Why no Charles Rogers?

cutthemdown
05-10-2010, 03:01 AM
Kijana Carter should be on that list. First pick in draft did absolutely nothing.

cutthemdown
05-10-2010, 03:02 AM
Oh people that got injured don't count then scratch Kijana. He did must knee up preseason rookie yr but I cant remember how bad it was. Probably did ruin his career though so I guess not a bust as far as this list concerned.

backup qb
05-10-2010, 06:25 AM
Aundray Bruce, Todd Marinovich, There was an OT or OG selected by the bucs( I think) in late 80s/early 90s that was a huge bust too. Can't remember his name. Charles something....Need my morning coffee to think.

backup qb
05-10-2010, 06:27 AM
Few could argue the top 9, but, as much as I disliked Brian Bosworth, he wasn't that bad a player for the Seahawks and he added a competitive aggressiveness to their defense they were lacking before he got there. I recall a heated dislike between Elway and Bosworth along with some memorable moments when the two were on the field. He certainly wasn't worth what the Seahawks ended up paying for him, not to mention the aggravation & hold-outs, but, all things considered, even our own Broncos had worst busts in Ted Gregory, Tommy Maddox, and Marcus Nash.

How can you include Nash? I realize he was a bust, but he was approx the 30th pick in the round. Maddox was and will always be a head scratcher when Elway was pleading for a OT or a large WR like Pickens. For some reason, when I was 16 I read " The BOZ," think I bought it at a dollar store. He said Elway was the player he hated the most in the league. Even called him unathletic, which is laughable.

DrFate
05-10-2010, 07:21 AM
If the injury bug gives you a pass on the 'bust' list, Leaf gets one as well. He had a bad wrist injury on his passing hand...

bowtown
05-10-2010, 07:32 AM
If the injury bug gives you a pass on the 'bust' list, Leaf gets one as well. He had a bad wrist injury on his passing hand...

Doesn't count if your injury comes from masturbating to your own reflection.

Cito Pelon
05-10-2010, 09:21 AM
Man, all these names being brought up reminds me how often 1st-rounders bust. Gerrard Warren was fourth overall (boy new Cleveland had a bad record on first-rounders).

Indy also had more than Steve Emtman as a 1st round bust. Indy also chose 2nd overall in 1992 after they picked Emtman first overall in 1992, and it was Quentin Coryatt. In 1994 Indy picked Trev Alberts 5th overall. One of the funniest exchanges I've ever heard in an interview was with Trev Alberts after a preseason game. The interviewer asked Alberts if the defense was having problems tackling, Alberts said, "We weren't trying to show them much." The interviewer asks, "You were trying to show them you can't tackle?"

backup qb
05-10-2010, 09:50 AM
Can't believe we have left out Lawrence Phillips and David Carr.

bowtown
05-10-2010, 09:58 AM
Can't believe we have left out Lawrence Phillips and David Carr.

David Carr is still and will continue to be a well payed backup QB in this league. That alone exempts him from this list. And Lawrence Phillip isn't really a huge bust in my eyes since everyone could see it coming from 50 miles away. It was more just a matter of when for him.

backup qb
05-10-2010, 10:11 AM
You don't draft well paid backups #1 overall. Phillips was still selected 6th overall and paid a large sum of money. Sounds like a bust to me.

bowtown
05-10-2010, 10:19 AM
You don't draft well paid backups #1 overall. Phillips was still selected 6th overall and paid a large sum of money. Sounds like a bust to me.

Re Carr: I'm not saying he's not a bust, but the fact that he is still in the league and will continue to be keeps him from being on the all time bust list IMO.

As for Phillips, yeah he was a bust, but the Rams stupidity is equally to blame for that one.

Smiling Assassin27
05-10-2010, 10:24 AM
Maurice Clarett

jonny1
05-10-2010, 10:52 AM
Maurice Clarett


Oh, for crying out loud . . . .:pfbbt:

Bringing up a 3rd round compensatory pick in a discussion of biggest busts is asinine.

Cito Pelon
05-10-2010, 12:18 PM
Just saw a new search option on pro-football-reference.com, came up with this for alltime 1st-rounders:

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/draft_query.cgi?pos=ALL&round_1=1&round_2=1&tm=all&year_1=1936&year_2=2009&conference=any&type=

Sure is a lot of busts amongst the top 15 there, mostly with QB, WR, DL.

FADERPROOF
05-10-2010, 03:13 PM
Cade McKnown...awesome

FADERPROOF
05-10-2010, 03:14 PM
Man, all these names being brought up reminds me how often 1st-rounders bust. Gerrard Warren was fourth overall (boy new Cleveland had a bad record on first-rounders).

Indy also had more than Steve Emtman as a 1st round bust. Indy also chose 2nd overall in 1992 after they picked Emtman first overall in 1992, and it was Quentin Coryatt. In 1994 Indy picked Trev Alberts 5th overall. One of the funniest exchanges I've ever heard in an interview was with Trev Alberts after a preseason game. The interviewer asked Alberts if the defense was having problems tackling, Alberts said, "We weren't trying to show them much." The interviewer asks, "You were trying to show them you can't tackle?"

Browns also hit a homerun with Willie Green the following year, can any team come up with worse 1st round busts?

Tim Couch, Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, Willie Green...just wow.

boppool
05-10-2010, 04:35 PM
Aundray Bruce, Todd Marinovich, There was an OT or OG selected by the bucs( I think) in late 80s/early 90s that was a huge bust too. Can't remember his name. Charles something....Need my morning coffee to think.

I think you're thinking guard Sean Farrell in '82. But Bucs had some even more horrible first round picks, such as Keith McCants(4th overall), Charles McRae(7th), Eric Curry(6th) and Regan upshaw(12th).

FADERPROOF
05-10-2010, 05:33 PM
I think you're thinking guard Sean Farrell in '82. But Bucs had some even more horrible first round picks, such as Keith McCants(4th overall), Charles McRae(7th), Eric Curry(6th) and Regan upshaw(12th).

Ricky Dudley and Trent Dilfer can also go in that category.

epicSocialism4tw
05-10-2010, 05:45 PM
Reggie Bush

HILife
05-10-2010, 05:48 PM
He got to nail Heather Kozar, so yeah, he did OK.

Made millions of dollars and got to nail a playmate. Wish I could be a bust too.

Florida_Bronco
05-10-2010, 06:24 PM
Ricky Dudley and Trent Dilfer can also go in that category.

Dudley belongs to the Raiders doesn't he? I'm pretty sure they drafted him and he just spent a few years in Tampa towards the end of his career.

FADERPROOF
05-10-2010, 07:21 PM
Dudley belongs to the Raiders doesn't he? I'm pretty sure they drafted him and he just spent a few years in Tampa towards the end of his career.

Correct, Raiders got him with the 9th overall pick, I'm yet again an idiot.

Killericon
05-10-2010, 07:53 PM
Reggie Bush

Please. Charles Rogers was out of the league within a few years, Bush is still in the NFL, and is decently successful(A ring).

Florida_Bronco
05-10-2010, 08:14 PM
Correct, Raiders got him with the 9th overall pick, I'm yet again an idiot.

Naw, just old. ;)