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Old 05-09-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default Bleacher report : 10 biggest draft busts of all time

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/3...t-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.
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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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.
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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.
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:48 PM   #4
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I dont think guys who had their careers derailed by injuries like Couch really belong on this list.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:17 PM   #5
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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.
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If injuries were the reason a player couldn't perform, not sure I agree they should be labeled as busts.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:41 PM   #8
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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.
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Couch wasn't that bad, honestly. I was always surprised he never got another shot.
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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.
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Steve Emtman was snakebitten with injuries.

He was actually decent when healthy, but that wasn't very often.
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I'm not a fan of bleacher report, the posts usually lack basic logic....

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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....
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C Brown was dogged by injuries. Does not qualify as a bust.
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He got to nail Heather Kozar, so yeah, he did OK.
I would rather do that then play in the NFL.
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I would rather do that then play in the NFL.
I'd rather play in the NFL and get dozens of b****es.
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Personally, Courtney Brown was a bigger draft bust for the Cleveland Browns than Tim Couch was.
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Not like Rapistberger though.

And that photo was of him in college, not an NFL player yet.
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Akili Smith also was a hugh bust.
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Personally, Courtney Brown was a bigger draft bust for the Cleveland Browns than Tim Couch was.
Terrible, terrible call.
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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?

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Old 05-10-2010, 02:01 AM   #23
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Kijana Carter should be on that list. First pick in draft did absolutely nothing.
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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.
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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.
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