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.

Bust he sucked boo

He's so fat

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

His a lot like Tim Couch, both were to have expectations for being brought in these new expansion teams to lead. Hey everyone knows who Derek Carr is, Does anyone recognize David Carr anymore? - htoutlaws2012

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 Charles Rogers - No. 2 to Lions in 2003

He was picked 1st overall and only played 5 games in his first 3 years

9 Dimitruis Underwood - No 29 to Vikings in 99

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

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

Michael Vick was pretty damn good. He has two NFL records which busts don't have. He was also selected to four Pro Bowls and won the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Michael Vick is far from a bust. - DWHutchII

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

Maybe not if he comes back - waterboy51

The Contenders

11 Kevin Allen - No 9 to Eagles in 1985

Played one TERRIBLE season, tested positive for cocaine, spent 33 months in jail for sexual assault, got banned from the NFL, and spent the rest of his days in the WLAF and Arena Football. And to think the Eagles passed on Jerry Rice!

12 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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13 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

14 Johnny Manziel - No 22 to Browns in 14
15 Vernon Gholston - No 6 to Jets in 2008

Aw man, he never recorded a sack in his career. Pretty pathetic because he was a top-10 pick. - thomwim

16 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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17 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.
18 Mario Williams - No 1 to Texans in 06

Mario Williams was a beast why is he here?

And the Texans passed on Reggie Bush.

19 Ki-Jana Carter - No 1 to Bengals in 95

Blown out knee in 1st preseason game and never was the same

20 Rich Campbell - No 6 to Packers in 1980

I was afraid that history would repeat itself when the Packers drafter Aaron Rodgers.

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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
1. Ryan Leaf - No 2 to Chargers in 98
2. JaMarcus Russell - No 1 to Raiders in 2007
3. Tim Couch - No 1 to Browns in 99
1. JaMarcus Russell - No 1 to Raiders in 2007
2. Kevin Allen - No 9 to Eagles in 1985
3. Ryan Leaf - No 2 to Chargers in 98

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