What does it take to be a bust in the NFL?
So often, we laugh at the JaMarcus Russells and Charles Rogers of the world and pretend as if they are the sole contributors to their own demises. Not that they didn't contribute, heavily, to their own busting, but consider for a moment if those players had landed later in the draft, to a team that had veteran leadership in place.
From the opposite view, consider Janoris Jenkins. He was a problem child throughout his college career and even needed to be suspended as a rookie, yet Jeff Fisher and his coaching staff eked out every drop of talent from him. Put that same player on the Lions, and he may have gone down the same road as Titus Young.
In the end, fit and atmosphere have a lot to do with a player busting, so what I'm saying is that the players on this list need the right fit and atmosphere. None of these players lack talent. All have the potential to be extremely great NFL players. However, there are hurdles to clear.
There's also the question of expectations. Had Alex Smith been a second-round pick, he might be heralded as one of the greatest draft steals ever. Instead, he is largely derided as an also-ran.
If these players go high to systems that don't fit and fanbases that have high expectations, the bust potential is great.
With all our "caveats emptor-ed," on to the list!