Biggest NFL Busts

This is one for those that were highly touted coming out of college and fell flat once they got the big money.

The Top Ten

1 Ryan Leaf - No 2 to Chargers in 98 Ryan Leaf - No 2 to Chargers in 98 Ryan David Leaf is a former American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for four seasons.

I'm surprised that Cryin' Leaf doesn't have like 98% of the vote on this one. God, did he suck.

About 85% of America thought HE was better than PEYTON MANNING. Well let us look at what Manning did and what Leaf did. Well manning went to three SBs, has almost 70,000 passing yards, holds the single season passing td record, holds the career td mark, and well, isn't on this list. Leaf? Well, the Chargers got a a guy who had a 50 qb rating for his career, a retirement, and a jailbird - Danmarino4

Without a doubt, the biggest bust EVER. One year wonder at Wash State, 5 year blunder in NFL.

I wonder where the Colts would be now if they had the number 2 pick.

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2 JaMarcus Russell - No 1 to Raiders in 2007

Just as bad on the field as Ryan Leaf, but the coaching staff kept wishing he would get better, then kept giving him numerous additional chances even though he was a lost cause.

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3 Tony Mandarich - No 2 to Packers in 89

And Troy Aikman and Derrick Thomas. Boy ill bet the Packers feel stupid. - aman28

Big guy big bust. Barry Sanders and Deion Sanders went in that draft.

4 Tim Couch - No 1 to Browns in 99

In his defense, Browns were expansion team but faltered badly and was recently released by Jags.

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5 David Carr - No 1 to Texans in 02

Same as Couch..4 bad years and a ton of sacks and for his troubles landed in Carolina.

6 Courtney Brown - No 1 to Browns in 2000

Two bad 1st overall picks in a row. OUCH!!!! - Darrell

7 Leo Hayden - No. 1 to Vikings in 71

Star running back for Ohio State. Never gained a single yard for the Vikings. Played for St. Louis for 2 years and had a grand total of 17 yards for his NFL career. - BurtReynoldsWig

8 Dimitruis Underwood - No 29 to Vikings in 99

Never played a down with Vikes and mental issues killed his career.

9 Joey Harrington - No 3 to Lions in 2002

Although to be fair, he played for Matt Millen, and none of the other QBs from that draft have gone on to anything spectacular. - Darrell

10 Michael Vick - No 1 to Falcons in 01

Even when he played he was a terrible qb and the most overrated one in the league now hes in prison and if the falcons had not traded there pick they couldve gotten LT and Drew Brees just a horrible move. By the way how is Mario Williams on this list. Hes a great player way better than Reggie Bush who is closer to a bust than Mario. Must be some stupid people out there. - Chris-1

Just think that the Chargers had the NO 1 pick that year and traded the pick and got LT and Drew Brees. Vick's next stop is the US Bureau of Prisons.

Don't hate on vick he was a great quarterback after the scandal and he was pretty talented too

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The Newcomers

? Jared Goff - No 1 to Rams in 2016 V 1 Comment
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The Contenders

11 Johnny Manziel - No 22 to Browns in 14
12 Cedric Benson - No 4 to Bears in 2005

Just think of the position the bears would be in if they still had Thomas Jones. Benson never ran for any yards and he's not even on the team anymore. It's actually probably a good thing they got rid of him. We need thomas jones! - crazyeyes56

Wow! To think we could have just kept Thomas Jones and traded Benson. Where's Benson now? O Yeah taking a breathalizer some where.

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13 Reggie Bush - No 2 to Saints in 06 Reggie Bush - No 2 to Saints in 06 Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush Jr. is an American football running back who is currently on the Buffalo Bills roster.
14 Brian Bosworth - Supp Draft to Seahawks in 87

The Boz amounted to at the time a waste of money 24 games later.

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15 Mario Williams - No 1 to Texans in 06

Mario Williams was a beast why is he here?

And the Texans passed on Reggie Bush.

16 Tim Tebow - No. 25 to Denver in 2010

Seriously? They already have 2 below average quarterbacks! Why do they need 3? - AP1090

17 Rex Grossman - No. 22 to Bears In 2003 V 1 Comment
18 Jahvid Best - No. 30 to Lions In 2010
19 Sam Bradford - No 1 to Rams in 2010

Injuries destroyed this man's career - htoutlaws2012

20 Alex Smith - No 1 to 49ers in 05
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1. Ryan Leaf - No 2 to Chargers in 98
2. JaMarcus Russell - No 1 to Raiders in 2007
3. Tony Mandarich - No 2 to Packers in 89
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1. Ryan Leaf - No 2 to Chargers in 98
2. Johnny Manziel - No 22 to Browns in 14
3. JaMarcus Russell - No 1 to Raiders in 2007
htoutlaws2012
1. JaMarcus Russell - No 1 to Raiders in 2007
2. Tim Couch - No 1 to Browns in 99
3. David Carr - No 1 to Texans in 02
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