The draft can yield players that have the ability to change franchises for the better, but a team never forgets that one pick that never lived up to the potential placed on him.
NFL draft busts go down in history, and they are often never forgotten, but for the wrong reasons.
In this slideshow, we'll look at some of the most recent draft busts, specifically from the past 10 drafts.
With the 2010 NFL Draft looming, I always find it interesting to look back at all of the stars that never were.
Peter Warrick was drafted fourth overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2000 NFL Draft.
During his tenure at Florida State, Warrick was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner and a consensus All-American in 1998 and 1999.
Warrick played four seasons with the Bengals, where he had what were perhaps his best years. In 2003, he set career highs in yards with 819, receptions with 79, and touchdowns with seven.
Warrick was released by the Bengals in 2005, and he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks the same year. In Seattle, Warrick had little to no impact, and he was cut in 2006.
After Seattle, Warrick went on to have short stints in the AFL and CFL, and he is currently playing for the Bloomington Extreme of the Indoor Football League.
Now, don't start thinking I have some vendetta about Florida State, but Jamal Reynolds beat out Gerard Warren for the biggest draft bust of the 2001 NFL Draft.
In 2000, Reynolds won the Lombardi Award (given to the nation's best collegiate lineman/linebacker), as well as the Bill Willis Trophy. In his final year at FSU, Reynolds had 58 tackles and 12 sacks.
Part of what makes Reynolds a huge bust was the fact that the Packers traded Matt Hasselbeck and the 17th overall pick to get him. In three seasons for the Packers, Reynolds had only 18 tackles and three sacks.
The Packers tried to trade Reynolds to the Colts in 2004, but a failed physical prevented the trade from going through. After this, the Packers cut Reynolds, and he was then signed by the Cleveland Browns.
However, the Browns waived him before the 2004 season, and his career effectively ended.
Although some may argue that David Carr was the more unsuccessful quarterback, I think that was only because his poor offensive line allowed him to take too many sacks too early. His career never took off because he sustained too many injuries.
However, Joey Harrington was also hailed as a franchise-changer coming out of Oregon, where he was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.
It is unfair to Harrington to place the blame completely on him. The Lions had had a major shift in terms of offensive identity in 2002, and some believe that this was the major reason for Harrington never living up to the hype.
However, one cannot deny that he had awful accuracy, and he just never seemed to have the proper mentality of a great NFL quarterback.
After Harrington was traded to Miami 2006, his career took a free fall, and since then he has always been a backup or worse.
Perhaps the biggest receiver bust on the list, Charles Rogers was a sad story.
In 2002 at Michigan State, Rogers won both the Biletnikoff and Paul Warfield Awards, and he was a consensus first team All-American.
Rogers was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the third overall pick, and he had drawn comparisons to Randy Moss. The Lions had high hopes that Rogers would be their franchise receiver.
In his first season, Rogers suffered a broken collarbone after only five games, sidelining him for the season. In the 2004 season, while playing the Chicago Bears in the season opener, Rogers suffered yet another broken collarbone, again putting him out for the remainder of the season.
In 2005, Rogers was suspended four games for substance abuse, and in 2006, new coach Rod Marinelli cut him.
There have been reports that Rogers is currently playing in the CFL. He finished his NFL career with 440 yards and four TDs, playing in a total of 15 games.
It was difficult to find a real legitimate bust in the top 10 picks, mainly because seven of those 10 players have been to at least one Pro Bowl.
Ahmad Carroll was taken with the 25th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers. Carroll had just finished a college career in which he was a two-time First Team All-SEC honoree.
Carroll did have skill, and he was one of the main reasons that the Packers were ranked No. 1 in pass defense in the 2005 season. However, Carroll was subject to many throws from opposing quarterbacks in hopes that he would commit a penalty, one of his main weaknesses.
The decisive game in Carroll's NFL career came in Week Four of the 2006 season, when the Packers played the Philadelphia Eagles. Carroll was assigned to cover Eagles WR Greg Lewis. However, Lewis made a fool of him the entire game. Lewis finished that game with two touchdowns, and Carroll himself had three penalties in a loss.
Carroll was waived shortly after that game, and since then he has never found a place with any other team. He has had stints with the Jets and Jaguars, as well as the Orlando Predators of the AFL.
Now, I know that Alex Smith has been resurrected in San Francisco, but at this point I think it's too little, too late.
In the 2005 NFL Draft, Smith was way overhyped coming off a stellar season at Utah. His career in the NFL has been fluctuating ever since he entered the league, and every time he gets a chance to start, it seems he does something wrong to screw it up.
Although he has some skills, you can't rely on him to win games for you. He throws a ton of interceptions, and he just can't seem to get his accuracy down pat.
In 2010, Smith will be the 49ers' starter, but it won't last for long. Alex Smith will never be a great NFL quarterback.
I can't completely blame Michael Huff for this. Al Davis is perhaps the worst drafter that has ever walked God's green earth, and he always overdrafts on players that have great speed and overall athletic ability.
At the 2006 NFL Combine, Huff ran a sub-4.3 40-yard dash time, essentially sealing his fate as the Raiders' top pick.
Since the Raiders cannot stop the pass, a tremendous amount of pressure is put on their secondary. This really wears down the Raiders' DBs, causing them to perform below their standards.
However, if Huff was truly a first round talent, he should have better career numbers than he does now: only four INTs after four seasons. Also, Huff's poor tackling is another large contributor to him being on this list.
However, Huff is still young enough to make strides to improve his game.
Hey, whad'ya know! Two Raider busts back-to-back!
I don't even know where to begin with JaMarcus Russell.
Here's Al Davis' opinion: 6'6", fast, cannon arm, Hall of Famer!
However, Russell has proved to be one of the worst decision-making quarterbacks to ever be in the NFL, as well as having one of the worst attitudes.
Russell's downfall is ultimately that he doesn't have the football IQ to succeed in the NFL, and with Bruce Gradkowski likely taking the helm next season, it will be very hard for JaMarcus to keep his place in the owner's heart.
Russell needs to become a sponge, a student of the game, as well as fix his demeanor if he wants to stick around in the pros.
Although some may think it is too early to deem a 2008 pick a bust, I disagree. With some players, you can just tell they'll never get it in the NFL.
Vernon Gholston was selected with the sixth overall pick with the intent of becoming the Jets' starting outside linebacker. In college at Ohio State, Gholston was a defensive end, and he was consequently moved to LB in the Jets' 3-4 scheme.
However, in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Gholston didn't make any sort of impact, let alone the impact expected from a sixth overall pick.
Rex Ryan said of Gholston, "If he can't do it for me and this team, he'll never do it." Coming from a defensive guru like Ryan, I believe it. It seems that Gholston may need to move back to DE to fulfill his lofty potential.
I am very sorry for this slide, as it is far too early to call any first rounder from 2009 a bust. Just try to think of this one as a bust prediction.
I think Andre Smith is a potential bust, because seemingly everything went wrong in his rookie season.
After being drafted, he had a lengthy contract holdout with the Bengals (in my opinion, rookie holdouts are the most annoying thing in pro football), and then he suffered a broken foot before the season really got going.
Smith didn't seem to have a great attitude last season, and I ultimately believe that he won't succeed in the NFL.