The Biggest Draft Bust in Each NFL Team's History

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The Biggest Draft Bust in Each NFL Team's History
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The San Diego Chargers put their hopes into quarterback Ryan Leaf in 1998.

Perhaps the goal of every player fortunate enough to take the field in the National Football League is not only to win a championship, but to have his bust enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The last thing any of these talented performers want to be remembered for is being a bust in the NFL.

So here’s a look at each current franchise and its biggest disappointment in terms of the draft. Since it is impossible to top the expectations of being a first-round pick, all 32 men on this list were selected in that round.

We are also using the common draft era, which dates back 47 years to 1967. For those not familiar, the NFL and AFL conducted separate drafts from 1960 to 1966, so we don’t want to add to the confusion of players drafted by both leagues. Prior to 1960, the draft was much different than in the modern eras of 17, 12, eight and seven rounds.

What constitutes a bust? Poor performance and a lack of reliability combined with high expectations and draft position, the latter of which is not the player’s fault. Injuries are not necessarily a factor here. And we are talking about the player’s tenure with the team that drafted him in terms of “bust.” We will also throw out some other names for each team in terms of draft-day disappointments.

Finally, here are some shoutouts to Pro-Football-Reference, and for their statistical support.

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