NFL Draft 2011: Top 10 All-Time Draft Busts
With the 2011 NFL draft rapidly approaching on April 28-30, we take a look at the players who have been drafted high and failed to live up to the hype.
Quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf, running back Lawrence Phillips and seven others make the cut for horrendous draft day decisions.
This year's draft class, featuring Cam Newton, Marcell Dareus, Von Miller and Blaine Gabbert, will attempt to avoid being labeled draft-day busts.
Curtis Enis: Chicago Bears
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The Bears selected Enis with the fifth pick in the 1998 draft.
During three seasons with Chicago, he produced just four touchdowns and only managed to average 3.3 yards per carry.
By selecting Enis, the Bears passed on Randy Moss (153 TDs), Alan Faneca (201 games started) and running back Fred Taylor (11,695 yards rushing), who had a much more successful career.
Needless to say, Chicago had much better options left on the board on draft day.
Ki-Jana Carter: Cincinnati Bengals
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The Bengals selected Carter with the first overall pick in the 1995 draft, and the Rose Bowl MVP failed to live up to the hype once he became a professional.
Carter had a stellar career at Penn State, but for the Bengals he tore a knee ligament in his first preseason game in his rookie year, and he managed to average a mere 3.6 yards throughout his professional career.
Honorable mention for Bengals draft day busts: quarterback Akili Smith, who was drafted in 1999 and managed to only play in 22 NFL games.
Steve Emtman: Indianapolis Colts
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Emtman was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1992 draft by the Colts and was expected to be the man to anchor their defensive line for years to come.
He played for the University of Washington and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, but he couldn't produce at the next level.
Nine games into his rookie campaign, he was out for the season with an injury. His following seasons with the Colts all ended with him on IR, and he never found success in the NFL.
Heath Shuler: Washington Redskins
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Quarterback Heath Shuler was selected by the Redskins with the third pick in the 1994 draft.
After holding out of his rookie training camp, Shuler received a seven-year, $19.25 million contract ,and in only 19 career games, he passed for 19 interceptions and threw for 13 touchdowns.
He was supposed to be the Redskins' quarterback of the future but instead became the draft pick they wished they'd never drafted.
Tim Couch: Cleveland Browns
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Quarterback Tim Couch was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 draft.
Once he was a Brown, Couch's inconsistent play and injuries delivered Cleveland the opposite of what it was hoping for when it drafted the former Kentucky QB.
Through five seasons with the Browns, Couch had 67 interceptions and 37 fumbles. At the age of 30, he attempted a comeback with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but steroid and HGH allegations were brought against him. Couch denied them, but he was ultimately cut by the Jaguars.
Overall, definitely not the career teams are hoping for when they select a player with the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Charles Rogers: Detroit Lions
With the No. 2 overall pick in 2003, the Lions selected Rogers, who was a star wide receiver from Michigan State.
His combination of size and speed was elite at the college level, and many had tabbed him as a can't-miss prospect.
Problem is, he managed to play in only 14 career games and hauled in a lousy 36 passes during his NFL career.
His career suffered because of a bad attitude, injuries and alcohol problems, and he was released by the Lions in 2005 (the same season the NFL suspended him for violating the substance abuse policy).
Lawrence Phillips: St. Louis Rams
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The St. Louis Rams selected Phillips with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 draft, but the former University of Nebraska running back failed to produce anything other than trouble.
Shortly after selecting Phillips, the Rams decided to trade a running back named Jerome Bettis. Needless to say, that was a mistake, and Phillips was released after just 25 games.
He is currently serving 31 years in prison.
Tony Mandarich: Green Bay Packers
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Mandarich was selected No. 2 overall in 1989 by the Green Bay Packers and was targeted as a can't-miss prospect.
His massive size and dominant career at Michigan State as an offensive lineman led many to believe that he was the future for the Packers at offensive tackle.
But a substantial loss of weight entering the league fueled speculation of steroid abuse, and his career never lived up to the hype.
At 6'6", 315 pounds, Mandarich was labeled "The Incredible Bulk" and soon received the moniker "The Incredible Bust."
He was cut after three years with the Packers.
Ryan Leaf: San Diego Chargers
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Quarterback Ryan Leaf was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the second pick in the 1998 draft.
In order to do so, the Chargers traded two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two players they had on the roster.
What they gave up and what they got in return are two different stories. Leaf never took a leadership role and passed for 36 interceptions and had a passer rating of 48.8.
He retired in 2002 after four awful seasons.
JaMarcus Russell: Oakland Raiders
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The Raiders selected Russell with the first overall pick in 2007 and signed him to an enormous contract: $61 million with $32 million guaranteed.
That is virtually where it began and ended.
Russell's size and athleticism made the Raiders believe he was the quarterback to turn around the franchise, but he managed to go 7-18 as a starter.
He passed for 23 interceptions and fumbled the ball 25 times through three seasons with the team and was released in May 2010.