The 15 Biggest Draft Busts in the Last 10 NFL Seasons
This is a list i have composed, voted upon with some of my friends of the NFL's biggest NFL Draft Busts in the past 10 seasons. This list has a group of complete failures that didnt even come close to the expectations given to them.
They never did anything in their careers and some of them never will. All we can do is sit and wonder what happened and how this happened to such talented players.
Some of these players names you haven't even heard in a sentence in the past five years. Some of them you hear too much. Just sit back, relax, and check out the biggest draft busts in the past 10 seasons!
Number 15: David Carr
15.) David Carr: First pick in the 2002 draft from Fresno State. Picked by the Houston Texans. Started for the Texans from 2002-2006. Never led his team to a winning record.
Was it the poor passing. Or was it the fact all five years he led the league in number of times sacked. It looks like we will never know. Did get a chance to start for the Carolina Panthers in 2007, but they decided to start veteran skeleton Vinny Testeverde. Currently is the backup for the New York Giants.
Number 14: Tony Boselli
14.) Tony Boselli: First pick by the Houston Texans in the 2002 Expansion Draft. Yeah, I know this technically doesn't count. But Boselli was a bust seeing as he never even played an official down for the Houston Texans. So he is a bust.
Number 13: Robert Gallery
13.) Robert Gallery: Second overall pick from Iowa in the 2004 NFL Draft. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders. Simply on the list because he is the only player in the top five of this draft yet to be in the Pro Bowl.
(Larry Fitzgerald, Phillip Rivers, Sean Taylor Kellen Winslow, Roy Williams, DeAngelo Hall, Ben Roethlisberger just to name a few players picked after Gallery who were featured in the first round of the 2004 draft.)
Number 12: Eric Crouch
12.) Eric Crouch: 95th overall pick in the Third Round of the 2002 NFL Draft. From Nebraska, picked up by the St. Louis Rams. The former Heisman Trophy winner was in the NFL for four seasons, officially never playing a down due to injuries and his size.
Number 11: Chris Wienke
11.) Chris Wienke: 106th overall pick from Florida State. Picked by the Carolina Panthers. Won the Heisman Trophy at Florida State. In his first season, he led Carolina to a 1-15 record.
Been a backup quarterback for the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers and hasn't led up to the potential many people thought he had.
Number 10: Half of the 2005 NFL Draft Top 10 Picks
10.) Half of the 2005 first round top 10 have been total busts so far. So here we go lets name them:
Alex Smith has never played up to full potential as of yet for the 49ers eventually losing his starting job twice. To J.T. O' Sullivan and Shaun Hill.
Cedric Benson has had drug problems before departing Chicago for Cincinnati.
Troy Williamson was drafted seventh overall, yet a few seasons later he was traded to the Jaguars for a sixth Round pick.
Adam Jones has fought drug and jail problems, and yet to really see honest good playing time.
Mike Williams should have stayed in USC and instead has played in only 30 career games and none since 2007.
Carnell Williams has fought injury problems, but honestly should be off this list soon, seeing as he has lots of potential, as long as he stays healthy.
Number Nine: Peter Warrick
9.) Peter Warrick: Fourth overall pick from Florida State in the 2000 NFL Draft. Picked by the Cincinnati Bengals. Played six NFL seasons with the Bengals and Seahawks. He never reached full potential due to injuries
Number Eight: Ron Dayne
8.) Ron Dayne: 11th overall pick from Wisconsin in the 2000 NFL Draft. Picked by the New York Giants. Won the Heisman Trophy and set the NCAA Rushing Record for career rushing yards. In the NFL, he never rushed for over 770 yards in a season.
Number Seven: William Green
7.) William Green: 16th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft from Boston College. Picked by the Cleveland Browns. Many of you are probably asking, "Who?"
He was the first running back picked in the 2002 NFL Draft. Career Rushing yards: 2,109. Most in a season: 887. Played in five NFL Seasons for the Cleveland Browns.
Drugs, Alcohol, and impregnating other people's wives led to his departure. Cleveland passed up on Clinton Portis, Najeh Davenport, T.J. Duckett, and Brian Westbrook to pick up William Green.
Number Six: Charles Rogers
6.) Charles Rogers: Second overall pick from Michigan State in the 2003 Draft. Drafted by the Detroit Lions. Started officially nine games for the Lions before being released due to constant drug problems and injuries. Yet to play in a game since his departure in 2005.
Andre Johnson and Anquan Boldin were also featured in this draft but passed up on for Rogers.
Number Five: Akili Smith
5.) Akili Smith: Third overall pick from Oregon in the 1999 NFL Draft. Picked by the Cincinnati Bengals. Played four NFL seasons before calling it quis in the NFL and began playing overseas in Europe. Only started 17 games in the NFL.
Number Four: Cade McNown
4.) Cade McNown: 12th overall pick from UCLA in the 1999 NFL Draft. Picked by the Chicago Bears. Played three NFL Seasons before deciding it wasn't meant to be.
Since McNown's tenure for the Bears, they have gone through Jim Miller, Shane Matthews, Kordell Stewart, Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, and Brian Griese before finding a semi starting quarterback (Orton and Grossman combo)
Number Three: Courtney Brown
3.) Courtney Brown: First Overall pick from Penn State in the 2000 NFL Draft. Picked by the Cleveland Browns. He played for seven seasons with the Browns and Broncos with only 156 career tackles and 19 career sacks. I bet the Browns wish they didn't pass up on Shaun Ellis and John Abraham now.
Number Two: Ryan Leaf
2.) Ryan Leaf: Second Overall pick from Washington State in the 1998 Draft. Picked by the Chargers. 14 career touchdown passes. 36 career interceptions. Played four NFL season with the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys before officially calling it quits.
The Chargers passed up on 28 future NFL Pro Bowlers, including Hines Ward, Matt Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson, Ahman Green, Fred Taylor, and Randy Moss.
Number One: Tim Couch
1.) Tim Couch: First overall pick from Kentucky in the 1999 NFL Draft. Picked by the Browns as their first official pick with their new expansion. Played nine seasons in the NFL. Played for the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cleveland Browns passed up on future Pro Bowl quarterbacks Donovon McNabb, Daunte Culpepper, and other future Pro Bowlers including Edgerrin James, Ricky Williams, Torry Holt, Jevon Kearse, Joey Porter, and Donald Driver.
What a way to start your franchise Cleveland. With the number one bust!