Biggest NFL Draft Busts
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These are the top 12 worst NFL Draft day busts in the past 20 years.
|1. ||Ryan Leaf, QB Washington State|
San Diego Chargers No. 2 overall pick in 1998.
13 TDs and 33 interceptions - Peyton Manning drafted after him.
|2. ||Blair Thomas, RB Penn State|
New York Jets No. 2 overall pick in 1990.
2,236 yards in 8 seasons - Emmitt Smith drafted after him.
|3. ||Tony Mandarich, OT Michigan State|
Green Bay Packers No. 2 overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft.
Some steroid controversy - Barry Sanders drafted after him.
|4. ||Todd Marinovich, QB USC|
L.A. Raiders No. 24 overall pick in 1991.
Groomed since childhood to be a QB but had many off-field issues in college and pros. - Brett Favre drafted after him.
|5. ||Tim Couch, QB Kentucky|
Cleveland Browns No. 1 overall pick in 1999.
Lasted 5 years before failing to make a roster - Donovan McNabb drafted after him.
|6. ||Brian Bosworth, LB Oklahoma|
Seattle Seahawks first round pick in 1987 supplemental draft.
Won 2 Butkus Awards in NCAA but only 4 sacks in 3 NFL seasons.
|7. ||Akili Smith, QB Oregon|
Cincinnati Bengals No. 3 overall pick in 1999.
Started 17 games in 4 seasons. - Daunte Culpepper drafted after him.
|8. ||Courtney Brown, DE Penn State|
Cleveland Browns No. 1 overall pick in 2000.
In 7 seasons, recorded just 19 sacks - Brian Urlacher drafted after him.
|9. ||Lawrence Phillips, RB Nebraska|
St. Louis Rams No. 6 overall pick in 1996.
Played 25 games with the franchise before being released in 1997 for insubordination - Ray Lewis drafted after him.
|10. ||Heath Shuler, QB Tennessee|
Washington Redskins No. 3 overall pick in 1994.
Gus Frerotte, a 7th round pick, took his starting job after a rookie contract holdout.
|11. ||Bruce Pickens, CB Nebraska|
Atlanta Falcons No. 3 overall pick in 1991.
2 interceptions in 5 seasons - Brett Favre drafted after him.
|12. ||Andre Ware, QB Houston|
Detroit Lions No. 7 overall pick in 1990.
In 4 seasons, 5 TDs and 83-of-161 - Emmitt Smith drafted after him.
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I really think Ryan Leaf - while undoubtedly a bust - appears worse because of his association with Peyton Manning. There was a large debate over which QB should go #1 and obviously the right one did. Isn't Jamarcus Russell at least as big a bust as Leaf since Russell was the #1 overall pick?
Also, Manning went before Leaf (#1 and #2 respectively) so that needs to be corrected here.
Comment by: ep13