The Biggest Draft Bust in Each NFL Team's History

Jeremy Sickel@https://twitter.com/JeremySickelContributor IIIApril 22, 2013

The Biggest Draft Bust in Each NFL Team's History

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    With the NFL draft fast approaching, organizations should have a pretty clear idea as to which players they have on their radar by now. Thursday night will mark the first round and an opportunity for teams to add a potential franchise cornerstone to their roster.

    While the evaluation process is very meticulous in nature, players oftentimes do not quite live up to the hype. Whether because of injury, talent not translating to the professional level, bad luck or just poor work ethic, these players are known as draft busts.

    Some busts may have more impact than others on the franchise that drafted them, while certain organizations may also be stricken with an unexplainable magnetism to missing on multiple premium picks.

    Here are the biggest busts in each team's draft history.

    All info gathered from Pro Football Reference

Arizona Cardinals: Kelly Stouffer, Quarterback

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    Drafted: Sixth overall pick in 1987 out of Colorado State

    Kelly Stouffer never played a down with the Arizona Cardinals after the team used their first-round pick on the quarterback back in 1987.

    The two sides could not agree on a contract, forcing Arizona to deal Stouffer to the Seattle Seahawks prior to the 1988 season.

    Stouffer would go on to win just five games in his professional career, which included 16 starts and only seven touchdowns to 19 interceptions.

    Other Notable Busts: Andre Wadsworth, defensive end (third overall pick in 1998 out of Florida State); Wendell Bryant, defensive tackle (12th overall pick in 2002 out of Wisconsin); Matt Leinart, quarterback (10th overall pick in 2006 out of USC)

Atlanta Falcons: Jamaal Anderson, Defensive End

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    Drafted: Eighth overall pick in 2007 draft out of Arkansas

    Jamaal Anderson was supposed to help the Atlanta Falcons improve on a middling sack total (37) during their 2006 season. Instead, the defensive end was never able to gain traction in the NFL, tallying just 7.5 over his first six seasons (4.5 with the Falcons).

    The Falcons cut Anderson prior in 2011, ending a four-year project that will leave a negative mark on the franchise for a very long time.

    Other Notable Busts: Aundray Bruce, linebacker (first overall pick in 1988 out of Auburn); Michael Booker, cornerback (11th overall pick in 1997 out of Nebraska)

Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Boller, Quarterback

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    Drafted: 19th overall pick in 2003 draft out of California

    Kyle Boller might not have been expected to keep up with the likes of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Brett Favre upon entering the NFL, but he should have been able to manage his way into a much better career with the Baltimore Ravens.

    Instead, Boller won just 20 games with the Ravens in parts of five seasons. Always backed up by a stellar defense, the quarterback failed to ride the coattails that even Trent Dilfer did during his time in Baltimore.

    Other Notable Busts: Dan Cody, defensive end (53rd overall pick in 2005 out of Oklahoma); Sergio Kindle, linebacker (43rd overall pick in 2010 out of Texas)

Buffalo Bills: Aaron Maybin, Defensive End

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    Drafted: 11th overall pick in 2009 out of Penn State

    Upon being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2009, Aaron Maybin recorded zero sacks in his two seasons with the team before being traded to the New York Jets.

    Maybin was unable to live up to his lofty draft status in two years in New York as well, though he did tally six sacks in 2011. In possibly his last chance to hang on to a paltry career, the defensive end signed with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason.  

    Other Notable Busts: Erik Flowers, defensive end (26th overall pick in 2000 out of Arizona St.); Mike Williams, offensive tackle (fourth overall pick in 2002 out of Texas); J.P. Losman, quarterback (22nd overall pick in 2004 out of Tulane)

Carolina Panthers: Jeff Otah, Offensive Tackle

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    Drafted: 19th overall pick in 2008 out of Pittsburgh

    With multiple injuries as the culprit, Jeff Otah was never able to gain traction in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

    In three seasons, he started in all 29 games he played, but Otah missed the entire 2010 season and failed a physical prior to the 2012 season for a trade that would have sent him to the New York Jets.

    Other Notable Busts: Tim Biakabutuka, running back (eighth overall pick in 1996 out of Michigan); Rae Carruth, wide receiver (27th overall pick in 1997 out of Colorado); Jason Peter, defensive end (14th overall pick in 1998 out of Nebraska); Rashard Anderson, cornerback (23rd overall pick in 2000 out of Jackson State); Jimmy Clausen, quarterback (48th overall pick in 2010 out of Notre Dame)

Chicago Bears: Cade McNown, Quarterback

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    Drafted: 12th overall pick in 1999 out of UCLA

    The 1999 NFL draft saw five quarterbacks taken within the first 12 picks, including Cade McNown to the Chicago Bears.

    While only Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper panned out that year, McNown was only able to play two seasons in the NFL (both with Chicago) and won just three games in 15 starts.

    Other Notable Busts: Rashaan Salaam, running back (21st overall pick in 1995 out of Colorado); Curtis Enis, running back (fifth overall pick in 1999 out of Penn State); David Terrell, wide receiver (eighth overall pick in 2001 out of Michigan); Michael Haynes, defensive end (14th overall pick in 2003 out of Penn State)

Cincinnati Bengals: Akili Smith, Quarterback

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    Drafted: Third overall pick in 1999 draft out of Oregon

    Akili Smith flipped his impressive senior season at Oregon into becoming the third overall pick in the 1999 draft. The Cincinnati Bengals bought into the hype and ended up being scorned with the franchise's biggest bust in its up-and-down history.

    Smith was just 3-14 in his four seasons with the Bengals, throwing for just five touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

    Other Notable Busts: David Klingler, quarterback (sixth overall pick in 1992 out of Houston); Ki-Jana Carter, running back (first overall pick in 1995 out of Penn State); Peter Warrick, wide receiver (fourth overall pick in 2000 out of Florida State)

Cleveland Browns: Tim Couch, Quarterback

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    Drafted: First overall pick in 1999 out of Kentucky

    The headliner of the famed 1999 NFL draft, Tim Couch might be the biggest disappointment of them all because of the promise he actually showed at times.

    Couch put together a solid career at Kentucky, but was unable to translate it consistently at the next level.

    While Couch showed flashes, injuries held him back—falling victim to a broken leg that kept him from making his only playoff start following the 2002 season.

    Other Notable Busts: Mike Junkin, linebacker (fifth overall pick in 1987 out of Duke); Clifford Charlton, linebacker (21st overall pick in 1988 out of Florida); Courtney Brown, defensive end (first overall pick in 2000 out of Penn State); William Green, running back (16th overall pick in 2002 out of Boston College)

Dallas Cowboys: David LaFleur, Tight End

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    Drafted: 22nd overall pick in 1997 out of LSU

    The Dallas Cowboys have a pretty rich tradition with tight ends, having employed Jay Novacek and Jason Witten in recent years. David LaFleur was also supposed to have been a part of that history.

    LaFleur was never able to produce at a top level, however, though he did catch 35 passes for 322 yards and seven touchdowns during in '99.

    Other Notable Busts: Billy Cannon Jr., linebacker (25th overall pick in 1984 out of Texas A&M); Quincy Carter, quarterback (53rd overall pick in 2001 out of Georgia); Bobby Carpenter, linebacker (18th overall pick in 2006 out of Ohio State); Mike Jenkins, cornerback (25th overall pick in 2008 out of South Florida)

Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow, Quarterback

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    Drafted: 25th overall pick in 2010 out of Florida

    It came as a shock to most when the Denver Broncos took Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 draft. While he has seen nominal success when given the chance, the quarterback's future in the NFL will always be questioned.

    The Broncos never committed to Tebow, even after he led the team to an overtime playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.

    Tebow became expendable after Denver signed Peyton Manning and was traded to the New York Jets.

    Other Notable Busts: Ted Gregory, defensive tackle (26th overall pick in 1988 out of Syracuse); Marcus Nash, wide receiver (30th overall pick in 1998 out of Tennessee); Willie Middlebrooks, defensive back (24th overall pick in 2001 out of Minnesota); Ashley Lelie, wide receiver (19th overall pick in 2002 out of Hawaii); Jarvis Moss, defensive end (17th overall pick in 2007 out of Florida); Robert Ayers, defensive end (18th overall pick in 2009 out of Tennessee)

Detroit Lions: Andre Ware, Quarterback

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    Drafted: Seventh overall pick in 1990 out of Houston

    After a record-setting career at the University of Houston, the Detroit Lions invested their future in quarterback Andre Ware.

    Ware played just four seasons in the NFL (all with Detroit), starting only six games and throwing for a mere five touchdowns and eight interceptions in the process.

    Other Notable Busts: Joey Harrington, quarterback (third overall pick in 2002 out of Oregon); Charles Rogers, wide receiver (second overall pick in 2003 out of Michigan State); Mike Williams, wide receiver (10th overall pick in 2005 draft out of USC); Jahvid Best, running back (30th overall pick in 2010 out of California)

Green Bay Packers: Tony Mandarich, Offensive Tackle

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    Drafted: Second overall pick in 1989 draft out of Michigan State

    An admitted steroid user, Tony Mandarich is often discussed among some of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

    Drafted to anchor the offensive line in Green Bay, Mandarich was relegated to right tackle in his three seasons with the Packers. He would finish his career with the Indianapolis Colts, where he would also play 10 games at right guard.

    Other Notable Busts: John Michels, offensive tackle (27th overall pick in 1996 out of USC); Jamal Reynolds, defensive end (10th overall pick in 2001 out of Florida State); Justin Harrell, defensive tackle (16th overall pick in 2007 out of Tennessee)

Houston Texans: David Carr, Quarterback

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    Drafted: First overall pick in 2002 out of Fresno State

    The Houston Texans made David Carr their first pick in franchise history and in five seasons with the team, he won 22 of his 53 starts—though a lack of protection could have been the culprit here.

    Carr was sacked an NFL-record 76 times his rookie year and was never able to find a rhythm in this league, though he has put together a viable career as a backup quarterback.  

    Other Notable Busts: Travis Johnson, defensive tackle (16th overall pick in 2005 out of Florida State); Amobi Okoye, defensive tackle (10th overall pick in 2007 out of Louisville)

Indianapolis Colts: Steve Emtman, Defensive End

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    Drafted: First overall pick in 1992 out of Washington

    Though talented enough to be the draft's top pick, Steven Emtman was never able to play a full season in the NFL.

    The big defensive end would play five seasons in the league (also one each with the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins), but would only make 19 starts and tally just eight sacks in his career.

    Other Notable Busts: Art Schlichter, quarterback (fourth overall pick in 1982 out of Ohio State); Trev Alberts, linebacker (fifth overall pick in 1994 out of Nebraska); Marlin Jackson, cornerback (29th overall pick in 2005 out of Michigan)

Jacksonville Jaguars: R. Jay Soward, Wide Receiver

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    Drafted: 29th overall pick in 2000 out of USC

    R. Jay Soward's talent coming into the NFL was never questioned, as he tallied 32 career touchdowns in college at USC. It was his inability to mesh with authority at the next level that held him back on the field.

    Soward played in just one season, recording 14 catches and 108 yards. Off-the-field issues kept the wide receiver from ever adding to those totals, however.

    Other Notable Busts: Byron Leftwich, quarterback (seventh overall pick in 2003 out of Marshall); Reggie Williams, wide receiver (ninth overall pick in 2004 out of Washington); Matt Jones, wide receiver (21st overall pick out of Arkansas); Derrick Harvey, linebacker (eighth overall pick in 2008 out of Florida); Blaine Gabbert, quarterback (10th overall pick in 2011 out of Missouri)

Kansas City Chiefs: Todd Blackledge, Quarterback

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    Drafted: Seventh overall pick in 1983 out of Penn State

    Todd Blackledge will always be remembered for being selected in the 1983 NFL draft class, one that is known as the "The Year of the Quarterback."

    The draft saw John Elway get taken No. 1 overall, but both Jim Kelly and Dan Marino selected after the Kansas City Chiefs chose Blackledge with the seventh pick.

    Those three went on to have Hall of Fame careers, while Blackledge never started in more than eight games in any season. The Chiefs have yet to draft a quarterback in the first round since.

    Other Notable Busts: Brian Jozwiak, guard (seventh overall pick in 1986 out of West Virginia); Percy Snow, linebacker (13th overall pick in 1990 out of Michigan State); Trezelle Jenkins, offensive tackle (31st overall pick in 1995 out of Michigan); Sylvester Morris, wide receiver (21st overall pick in 2000 out of Jackson State); Ryan Sims, defensive tackle (sixth overall pick in 2002 out of North Carolina); Tyson Jackson, defensive lineman (third overall pick in 2009 out of LSU); Jon Baldwin, wide receiver (26th overall pick in 2011 out of Pittsburgh)

Miami Dolphins: Yatil Green, Wide Receiver

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    Drafted: 15th overall pick in 1997 out of Miami, Fla.

    Yatil Green would only play one season with the Miami Dolphins after missing all of the 1997 and 1998 campaigns due to injury.

    The wide receiver caught just 18 passes for 234 yards and zero touchdowns in 1999 before Miami would cut ties with their former first-rounder.

    Other Notable Busts: David Overstreet, running back (13th overall pick in 1981 out of Oklahoma); Eric Kumerow, defensive end (16th overall pick in 1988 out of Ohio State); Billy Milner, offensive tackle (25th overall pick in 1995 out of Houston); Ted Ginn Jr., wide receiver (ninth overall pick in 2007 out of Ohio State)

Minnesota Vikings: Troy Williamson, Wide Receiver

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    Drafted: Seventh overall pick in 2005 out of South Carolina

    Troy Williamson was supposed to serve as a viable deep threat and potential replacement to Randy Moss for Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings offense. Instead, the wide receiver will go down as the team's biggest draft bust.

    Across three seasons, Williamson tallied just 79 receptions, 1,067 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota. He would finish his career with two disappointing years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Other Notable Busts: D.J. Dozier, running back (14th overall pick in 1987 out of Penn State); Dimitrius Underwood, defensive tackle (29th overall pick in 1999 out of Michigan State); Kenechi Udeze, defensive end (20th overall pick in 2004 out of USC); Erasmus James, defensive end (18th overall pick in 2005 out of Wisconsin)

New England Patriots: Eugene Chung, Guard

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    Drafted: 13th overall pick in 1992 out of Virginia Tech

    Eugene Chung only played three seasons with the New England Patriots, making 30 starts but never finding a consistent spot across their offensive line.

    Chung would play one season each with the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars before calling it quits in after the 1997 season.

    Other Notable Busts: Kenneth Sims, defensive end (first overall pick in 1982 out of Texas); Tony Eason, quarterback (15th overall pick in 1983 out of Illinois); Reggie Dupard, running back (26th overall pick in 1986 out of SMU); Hart Lee Dykes, wide receiver (16th overall pick in 1989 out of Oklahoma State); Laurence Maroney, running back (21st overall pick in 2006 out of Minnesota)

New Orleans Saints: Shawn Knight, Defensive End

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    Drafted: 11th overall pick in 1987 out of BYU

    The New Orleans Saints only got one season and 10 games (zero starts) out of 1987 first-rounder Shawn Knight. The defensive end would tally zero sacks with the team, before also not getting to the quarterback in each of his seasons with the Denver Broncos and Phoenix Cardinals.

    Other Notable Busts: Lindsay Scott, wide receiver (13th overall pick in 1982 out of Georgia); Alvin Toles, linebacker (24th overall pick in 1985 out of Tennessee); Vaughn Dunbar, running back (21st overall pick in 1992 out of Indiana); Johnathan Sullivan, defensive tackle (sixth overall pick in 2003 out of Georgia)

New York Giants: Derek Brown, Tight End

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    Drafted: 14th overall pick in 1992 out of Notre Dame

    Derek Brown could have helped break the traditional tight-end mold back in 1992 with his physical presence. Instead, he tallied just 11 catches and 87 yards in three seasons with the New York Giants.

    His best season happened with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he would snag 17 passes for 141 yards and one score.

    Other Notable Busts: Butch Woolfolk, running back (18th overall pick in 1982 out of Michigan); George Adams, running back (19th overall pick in 1985 out of Kentucky); Thomas Lewis, wide receiver (24th pick in 1994 out of Indiana); William Joseph, defensive tackle (25th overall pick in 2003 out of Miami, Fla.)

New York Jets: Vernon Gholston, Defensive End

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    Drafted: Sixth overall pick in 2008 out of Ohio State

    The fact that Vernon Gholston was out of the NFL after just three seasons and was unable to record a single sack gives him the nod over the other notable New York Jets on this list.

    Other Notable Busts: Lam Jones, wide receiver (second overall pick in 1980 out of Texas); Roger Vick, running back (21st overall pick in 1987 out of Texas A&M); Blair Thomas, running back (second overall pick in 1990 out of Penn State); Browning Nagle, quarterback (34th overall pick in 1991 out of Louisville); Mark Sanchez, quarterback (fifth overall pick in 2009 out of USC)

Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell, Quarterback

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    Drafted: First overall pick in 2007 out of LSU

    JaMarcus Russell is trying to make news with his recent efforts to make a comeback to the NFL. But it will be his past failures on the football field that he will be remembered by, possibly going down as the league's biggest draft bust in the process—which is amazing considering the list the Oakland Raiders have put together below.

    Russell has a career 7-18 record as an NFL starting quarterback, throwing for just 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in parts of three seasons in Oakland.

    Other Notable Busts: Bob Buczkowski, defensive end (24th overall pick in 1986 out of Pittsburgh); John Clay, offensive tackle (15th overall pick in 1987 out of Missouri); Todd Marinovich, quarterback (24th overall pick in 1991 out of USC); Patrick Bates, safety (12th overall pick in 1993 out of Texas A&M); Derrick Gibson, safety (28th overall pick in 2001 out of Florida State); Robert Gallery, offensive tackle (second overall pick in 2004 out of Iowa); Fabian Washington, cornerback (23rd overall pick in 2005 out of Washington); Darrius Heyward-Bey, wide receiver (seventh overall pick in 2009 out of Maryland); Rolando McClain, linebacker (eighth overall pick in 2010 out of Alabama)

Philadelphia Eagles: Jerome McDougle, Defensive End

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    Drafted: 15th overall pick in 2003 out of Miami, Fla.

    Though Mike Mamula is the popular choice here, he at least put together a respectable career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jerome McDougle, however, is a completely different story.

    In three injury-riddled seasons with the Eagles, McDougle started zero games and recorded just three sacks. He would finish his career with the New York Giants in 2008.

    Other Notable Busts: Kevin Allen, offensive tackle (ninth overall pick in 1985 out of Indiana); Bernard Williams, offensive tackle (14th overall pick in 1994 out of Georgia); Mike Mamula, defensive end (seventh overall pick in 1995 out of Boston College); Jon Harris, defensive end (25th overall pick in 1997 out of Virginia); Freddie Mitchell, wide receiver (25th overall pick in 2001 out of UCLA)

Pittsburgh Steelers: Huey Richardson, Linebacker

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    Drafted: 15th overall pick in 1991 out of Florida

    Though the definition of a bust is subjective and can range from a variety of reasons, the fact that Huey Richardson never recorded a single stat for the Pittsburgh Steelers says it all here.

    Other Notable Busts: Darryl Sims, defensive end (20th overall pick in 1985 out of Wisconsin); John Rienstra, guard (ninth overall pick in 1986 out of Temple); Tim Worley, running back (seventh overall pick in 1989 out of Georgia)

St. Louis Rams: Lawrence Phillips, Running Back

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    Drafted: Sixth overall pick in 1996 out of Nebraska

    His off-field issues alone would keep Lawrence Phillips in the discussion as one of the NFL's biggest draft busts. Throw in his poor on-field performance and you have arguably the top player on a long list of disappointments this league has seen over the years.

    In two seasons with the Rams, Phillips would start only 20 games and rush for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. He would never be able to gain traction during stints with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers before leaving the NFL in 1999.

    Other Notable Busts: Gaston Green, running back (14th overall pick in 1988 out of UCLA); Bill Hawkins, defensive end (21st overall pick in 1989 out of Miami, Fla.); Trung Canidate, running back (31st overall pick in 2000 out of Arizona); Jimmy Kennedy, defensive tackle (12th overall pick in 2003 out of Penn State); Alex Barron, offensive tackle (19th overall pick in 2005 out of Florida State); Tye Hill, cornerback (15th overall pick in 2006 out of Clemson); Adam Carriker, defensive end (13th overall pick in 2007 draft out of Nebraska); Jason Smith, offensive tackle (second overall pick in 2009 out of Baylor)

San Diego Chargers: Ryan Leaf, Quarterback

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    Drafted: Second overall pick in 1998 out of Washington State

    Maybe a product of just being unlucky, the San Diego Chargers were left staring at Ryan Leaf during the 1998 draft after the Indianapolis Colts snagged Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick that year. We all know how that story played out.

    A disappointment on and off the field, Leaf is widely considered the biggest bust in NFL history.

    Making only 21 starts in three seasons (including one with the Dallas Cowboys), Leaf won just four games while tossing 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in the process.

    Other Notable Busts: Sammy Davis, safety (30th overall pick in 2003 out of Texas A&M); Craig Davis, wide receiver (30th overall pick in 2007 out of LSU)

San Francisco 49ers: Jim Druckenmiller, Quarterback

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    Drafted: 26th overall pick in 1997 draft out of Virginia Tech

    Jim Druckenmiller was supposed to be the heir apparent to Steve Young and continue the storied history of San Francisco 49ers' quarterbacks. Instead, he played in just six games over two seasons with the team.

    The 49ers would trade Druckenmiller to the Miami Dolphins prior to the 1999 season, but he was released shortly thereafter.

    Other Notable Busts: Keith DeLong, linebacker (28th overall pick in 1989 out of Tennessee); Reggie McGrew, defensive tackle (24th overall pick in 1999 out of Florida); Mike Rumph, cornerback (27th overall pick in 2002 out of Miami, Fla.); Kwame Harris, offensive tackle (26th overall pick in 2003 out of Stanford); Rashaun Woods, wide receiver (31st overall pick in 2004 out of Oklahoma State); Kentwan Ballmer, defensive tackle (29th overall pick in 2008 out of North Carolina)

Seattle Seahawks: Brian Bosworth, Linebacker

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    Drafted: First pick in 1987 supplemental draft out of Oklahoma

    Brian Bosworth was supposed to be the next big thing in the NFL. Instead, the muscle-bound linebacker played in just three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, making only 24 starts and recording just four sacks.

    Other Notable Busts: Dan McGwire, quarterback (16th overall pick in 1991 out of San Diego State); Rick Mirer, quarterback (second overall pick in 1993 draft out of Notre Dame); Marcus Tubbs, defensive tackle (23rd overall pick in 2004 out of Texas); Aaron Curry, linebacker (fourth overall pick in 2009 out of Wake Forest)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bo Jackson, Running Back

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    Drafted: First overall in 1986 out of Auburn

    Arguably the greatest dual-sport athlete ever witnessed, Bo Jackson's career was cut far too short by a hip injury that he endured while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders.

    Before he would begin his football career, however, Jackson signed to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals—ultimately spurning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who made him the top pick in the 1986 NFL draft.

    Jackson is only a bust for Tampa Bay in the sense that the franchise used the No. 1 overall pick on him and he never played one down for the team.

    Other Notable Busts: Keith McCants, defensive end (fourth overall pick in 1990 out of Alabama); Eric Curry, defensive end (sixth overall pick in 1993 out of Alabama); Gaines Adams, defensive end (fourth overall pick in 2007 out of Clemson)

Tennessee Titans: Vince Young, Quarterback

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    Drafted: Third overall pick in 2006 out of Texas

    Vince Young burst on to the professional scene after leading the Texas Longhorns to a thrilling victory over the USC Trojans in the 2006 national championship at the Rose Bowl.

    While he has put together a respectable career when healthy, Young never played a complete season with the Tennessee Titans. He compiled a 30-19 record in parts of five seasons there, throwing for 42 touchdowns and 42 interceptions in the process.

    Young clashed with then head coach Jeff Fisher, and the Titans let the quarterback walk prior to the 2011 season. He would play sparingly for the Philadelphia Eagles that year before a failed attempt to catch on with the Buffalo Bills in 2012.

    The Oakland Raiders worked Young out this offseason (via Pro Football Talk), though there is no further news of the quarterback's comeback attempt.

    Other Notable Busts: Alonzo Highsmith, running back (third overall pick in 1987 out of Miami, Fla.); Andre Woolfolk, cornerback (28th overall pick in 2003 out of Oklahoma); Adam Jones, cornerback (sixth overall pick in 2005 out of West Virginia)

Washington Redskins: Heath Shuler, Quarterback

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    Drafted: Third overall pick in 1994 out of Tennessee

    Though Heath Shuler was never able to gain much traction with the Washington Redskins, it is hard to tell how differently his career turns out had he been able to stay healthy.

    Traded to the New Orleans Saints in '97, Shuler won just eight games over four NFL seasons. He threw for only 15 touchdowns and 33 interceptions before calling it quits due to a foot injury in 1998.

    Other Notable Busts: Michael Westbrook, wide receiver (fourth overall pick in 1995 out of Colorado); Andre Johnson, offensive tackle (30th overall pick in 1996 out of Penn State); Patrick Ramsey, quarterback (32nd overall pick in 2002 out of Tulane); Devin Thomas, wide receiver (34th overall pick in 2008 out of Michigan State)

     

     

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