Up until recently, I had thought that J-Russ had replaced the legendary Ryan Leaf as the biggest draft bust of all time. That was changed however by Leaf's most recent antics.
Before we get to that though, let's focus on Ryan Leaf as a Charger.
For starters, Leaf's bust-status is made worse by the fact that the No. 1 overall pick of that year's draft was none other than Peyton Manning. Manning's illustrious 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts makes Leaf look like a Pop Warner backup with some off the field issues.
As a player, Leaf was supposed to be the next-big-thing in the NFL, win a ton of games, and make the San Diego Chargers the premiere club in the NFL. This couldn't have been farther from the truth.
Leaf's career saw him throw 36 interceptions and only 14 touchdowns. In 2000, Leaf somehow managed to lose 15 games.
Leaf was known as a selfish jerk who quickly lost the support of his coaching staff and teammates. I was going to say locker room, but there's a good chance he was never in high standing among the team.
Leaf did so horrible that the Chargers decided to waive the remaining years of his contract in 2001.
Following his brief NFL "career", Leaf took to drugs and alcohol, a habit that got him into trouble with the law. Leaf dodged a prison sentence by checking into rehab and serving 10 years of probation.
Leaf's rise to the top of this chart began in 2010 when he was arrested for breaking into and burglarizing the home of a player he knew from his position as quarterback coach for West Texas A&M, a Division II school. It was later discovered that Leaf had gotten a hold of close to 1,000 prescription pills from a local pharmacy.
Fast forward to March 30th and Leaf is confronted by authorities and his parole officer regarding suspicious packages and bottles of Oxycodone that were found in his golf bag. Leaf was arrested but made the $76,000 bail.
Two days later, Leaf was found in a home that was not his, but fled the scene. Prescription pills and power tools were found missing and Leaf was identified by the owners of the house. Leaf was arrested at his home shortly after, where additional medications were found in his possession.
Leaf now faces up to 50 years in prison for his string of drug-related incidents.
This mile long list of mishaps and lengthy potential prison sentence—don't forget he was taken behind Peyton Manning—allows Ryan Leaf to keep the crown for biggest NFL bust in draft day history.