The NFL Draft is one of the most exciting times of the year for fans. Each year brings multiple surprises, and now and again, a once-in-a-generation talent emerges. However, for every success, there are many devastating stories of ballyhooed athletes whose careers didn’t pan out. No collegiate player wants to become a draft bust because their name will never be forgotten.
Heading into the draft, we’ll take a look at different stories of NFL draft bust pain. Fans and analysts shared the stories of how these college superstars suffered devastating problems that impacted their ability to play in the NFL. Some of these players were number one picks who just couldn’t deliver. Others suffered injuries that reduced them to shells of their former selves. And finally there are those who just didn’t care at all. Check out the list below via NBC Sports and Reddit.
30. Trent Richardson
When asked who he thought was the worst draft bust ever, @ArashHamidi knew right away. He tweeted: “Richardson only because of how unquestionably dominant he was in college, playing for the most dominant program in college football, & being awarded the recognition of being the best player at his game. The most surprising draft bust that I’ve ever had to come to terms with.”
@SJBMichael agreed with this assessment. “Some busts happen because of injuries, game not translating to the NFL, or off-field issues. That dude just flat out forgot to play football. I’ve never seen anything like it.” In sum, Richardson suffered one of the most devastating deteriorations in NFL history. The Cleveland Browns selected him third overall in 2012 and he started hot, but he was out of the league after five seasons.