“Bust” is a pretty nasty label, but it is one the NFL media have started handing out to underachievers rather early on. Instead of allowing a player a few seasons to establish himself, a highly hyped veteran or early round draft pick has very little time to prove valuable before being cast off into this heap.
This is the nature of the business now, fair or not. Players must play up to expectations and do it immediately or disapproval will haunt them.
Here are 32 players, one for each team, that have potential “bust” written all over them in 2013.