Every AP Top 25 Team's Biggest Draft Busts of All Time

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Every AP Top 25 Team's Biggest Draft Busts of All Time
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Though the rallying cry in life is often, “Buy Low, Sell High!” the harsh reality of many deals is more often than not “Buy High and Sell Lower before you lose everything…”

This ironic financial truth is illustrated perfectly in the art of drafting football players where guys selected in the first round are often busts, while players who go in the sixth round magically become All-Pros destined for the Hall of Fame.

The following slideshow takes a decidedly collegiate approach to the draft season and identifies the biggest draft busts for each of the programs that finished the 2012 season ranked in the AP Top 25.

These are the collegiate guys, by team, who NFL franchises bought high and had to sell low, making them classic draft busts.

Before we move on to the actual festivities, it’s important to define “busts” in the context of this discussion.

We’re talking about true draft busts here, as in Heath Shuler from Tennessee; guys who went high and were never heard of again in two years, as opposed to guys who went in the first round and played full careers but fell short of multiple Pro Bowl appearances.

There is a difference between NFL disappointment and NFL draft bust and in this case, we’re going for the true busts.

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