Top 10 Biggest NFL Draft Busts of the 2010sAs I’ve said before the draft is a total gamble. Sometimes you strike gold other times not so much. While there has been fewer busts in recent years there still has been a few busts here or there whether it’s injury or off the field issues that ultimately plagued them from the start.
Who else could it be but Johnny football? Cleveland took Manziel the 2012 Heisman winner 22nd overall in 2014. He apparently sent a text instructing Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains to " hurry up and draft me because I want to be there." In less than two years, he had checked himself into rehab, was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, and was ultimately released after two seasons and just 258 passes as a professional. He last most notable action was working on a comeback with recent stints in the CFL and the AAF. Long story short he was essentially a prick who couldn't stay out of trouble
Was a bust on and off the field.
He was Selected as the 3rd overall pick in 2013 with the Dolphins Dion Jordan made just one start for Miami. It would be more but he couldn't keep himself out of his own way with 3 drug suspensions in his first 2 seasons. He was released in 2016 after a failed physical and played 3 games in 2 seasons
Selected by the Jags in 2012 with the 5th overall pick he started off fine and led all rookie receivers with 865 yards however he was another guy who couldn't get out of his own way. He was hit with drug suspensions in 2013 and has not played an NFL down since. Just an example of how drugs can really be a bad influence and derail a career
Selected right after RG3 in the 2012 NFL draft by Cleveland. Richardson had a lot of hype surrounding him as some compared him to the likes of Adrian Peterson. His rookie season wasn't too bad but the Browns simply gave up on him and shipped him off to Indy. In his final 2 seasons he rushed for barely over 1,000 yards and hasn't played in the NFL since 2014. He did play in the CFL and AAF however
Picked 8th overall by the Browns in 2014 Gilbert started just 3 games in 2 seasons combined before the Browns traded him to the Steelers for a 6th round pick. The transition from Orange and Brown to Black and Gold didn't do much for him. Gilbert was suspended for the entire 2017 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy and hasn't played in the NFL since.
A first round 9th overall selection by the NY Jets in 2013 Milliner underwent right shoulder surgery the month before the draft happened. In the years to come the former CB at Alabama suffered several injuries playing in just 5 games after his rookie season. He was released after his third season and never appeared in another NFL game. Not necessarily his fault just bad luck overall
In 2011 the Vikings chose Ponder with the 12th overall pick to become the new young quarterback to lead the Vikings in the post Farve era. He was the fourth quarterback taken that year, and Minnesota thought they had found their guy. But, just to play it safe they brought in veteran Donovan McNabb to guide the former Florida State quarterback, and to ensure he didn't fail in a hard transition into the NFL. Unfortunately McNabb played poorly to start and Ponder wasn't much better. He did lead them to the playoffs in 2012 but missed out due to a triceps injury. After a disappointing 2013 season, and a coaching change, Ponder's player-option was not picked up for his fifth-year. He was with the Raiders, Broncos, and 49ers for short periods of time but ultimately he faded out of the league entirely in 2015.
Originally Locker was projected as the top pick in the 2010 draft before deciding to return to Washington for his Senior Season. Unfortunately it wasn't exactly a good season for him but luckily it didn't hurt his stock too much as he was still taken 8th overall by the Titans. He played 23 games in 4 seasons but was eventually replaced by Zach Mettenberger. Locker retired after the 2014 season due to a lack of desire to keep playing
Here's a guy who never even played an NFL down. The New York Jets Selected Christian Hackenberg in the 2nd Round with the 51st pick. He was mostly sitting on the bench in shadow of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. He played in the preseason but never even played for the Jets. Hackenberg would spend time on the roster of four NFL teams in three years and most recently struggled in his time as a starter in the now-defunct AAF.
The Washington Redskins sent a Kings random to the Rams in order to trade up to draft RG3 with the 2nd overall pick. To be fair he had a promising rookie campaign with a pro bowl and Offensive Rookie of the year to top it off. However things went downhill after that and never recovered after a series of knee and shoulder injuries that derailed his career
Had a good rookie year but it all went downhill from there.
Was overrated his first few years in the league. Now, finally everybody realizes he sucks.
The picture says everything you need to know.
Could never stay healthy.
When you draft a wide receiver in the top 10, he's supposed to become a star. Unfortunately, White never saw the endzone because of injuries.