Memories of Ryan Leaf and Tony Mandarich come back and haunt the dreams of NFL General Managers. Every team hopes to avoid drafting a “bust”—but if we have learned anything from the NFL Draft, it’s that busts are both unavoidable and plentiful.
After the draft, teams often rejoice in the glory that is a newly selected draft class, but those thoughts will soon be a distant memory—just ask any Raiders fan about JaMarcus Russell.
Players can “bust” for a multitude of reasons. Some can never get over the injury bug (Charles Rodgers). Others underachieve and never live up to their potential (Vernon Gholston). And then there are those whose off-the-field issues get the best of them (Pacman Jones).
With that said, here are a few players from the 2010 NFL Draft that I think will end up being busts in the NFL.
Terrence Cody, DT, Baltimore Ravens
Cody is a mountain of a man who can clog the middle of the line. However, he has serious weight issues that might affect his play. He showed up at the Senior Bowl weighing a massive 370 lbs. He knew he was going to have to weigh-in there and to show up that out of shape sends a poor message to teams about his self discipline.
Cody’s ceiling is already as a two down lineman, but if he is tipping the scales at 370 lbs that is seriously going to affect his stamina and long term productivity.
Anthony Davis, OT, San Francisco 49ers
Davis has all the talent to be an elite tackle in the NFL but has had big problems with consistency. One moment he flashed dominant abilities and the next he looked lazy and sluggish. There were also problems about his weight, and reports say he lacks the “killer instinct” that is needed to succeed at the next level.
I worry that once he gets that big payday he will relax and not work to improve his game or maximize his potential a la JaMarcus Russell.
Carlos Dunlap, DE, Cincinnati Bengals
Dunlap was once considered a first round pick and he still possesses that talent. However, there was far too much tape of him where he simply disappeared from games.
Fans barely noticed he was on the field at times. You can’t be lazy if you want to succeed in the NFL, and Dunlap will have to work to overcome that.
He also got a DUI last season and was suspended for the SEC Championship Game, obviously raising concerns about his character.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
He has a great size and speed combination that would seem to make him an ideal pass rusher, but he is unlikely to ever be one at the NFL level. He only played one year at the Division-I level after transferring from junior college and he wasn’t even that productive at that level, producing only 6.5 sacks.
If he can’t dominate at the collegiate level, it’s hard to see him dominating at the NFL level. He was also lining up across George Selvie, who was the 2007 Big East player of the year and drew most of the attention from opposing offenses.
He put up great numbers at the combine and comes off as more of a “workout warrior.” He reminds me more of Vernon Gholston than Jevon Kearse.