Where Are They Now? Top Draft Picks Who Didn't Pan Out

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Where Are They Now? Top Draft Picks Who Didn't Pan Out
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Draft day is supposed to be a day when dreams come true—especially for the guys who are picked right up at the top.

After years of hard work, a professional sports team is going to decide to invest the future of the franchises in you—and you will now get to live out your dream of being a legend and a hero.

Unfortunately, dreams are made to be broken, and far too often, the young men who that seemed like can't-miss prospects end up missing completely.

Ryan Leaf. Kwame Brown. Alexandre Daigle. And many, many more.

So what exactly happens to a guy who ends up being a major bust after spending his entire life preparing for nothing but professional sports?

That question doesn't have one simple answer.

Some keep clinging to their dreams, continuing to play sports with the hopes of one day getting back to the top.

Some settle down with families, open businesses and live successful, happy lives that are no different than the rest of us.

And some just fall off the deep end.

Take a look through some of the most memorable NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB draft busts in recent years and see how they've been staying busy since their athletic careers took tragic turns for the worse.

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