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Football Fans Share Devastating Stories Of NFL Draft Bust Pain

Darren - April 26, 2021
NFL

Football Fans Share Devastating Stories Of NFL Draft Bust Pain

Darren - April 26, 2021
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8. Vince Young

“31-19 record as starting QB, led a meh Titans team to the playoffs, won rookie of the year, got tricked out of lots of money by some sleazy agents, misspent whatever other money he had,” TheSheriman listed. It’s fair to say that Young’s time in the NFL was a mixed bag. He spent six seasons in the league and had two Pro Bowl selections, but that doesn’t tell the full story.

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Young wasn’t a total bust in the typical sense of the word. But expectations were so high because of what he achieved at the University of Texas. It’s fair to say that he never achieved his highest ceiling. Finally, he dropped off and lost his place as an NFL starter and ended up in the CFL. Meanwhile, police have arrested Young on multiple occasions outside of the playing field.

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7. Joey Harrington

Harrington had a brutal time in Detroit. It was a mess from beginning to end because the GM didn’t even want him. This experience scarred him for the remainder of his career. “Joey flat out said in interviews that when he left Detroit, he was a shell of a player,” Piles_of_Gore agreed. “He very much still has a local presence around here (Portland), and whenever he talks about his career, he comes across depressed and angry.

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“He had so much potential and the Lions just put the poor guy out there his rookie year with no O-line,” mygoodfriendbaxter wrote. “Just creamed over and over. He was so shell-shocked. You could see every time he held the ball for more than 3 seconds his feet would start jittering really fast and he’d throw the ball away. He was just so afraid he was going to get creamed again. When he started crying in the locker room it was all over.”

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6. JaMarcus Russell

“Not only played terrible enough to get cut by an awful Raiders team, but he also blew most of the signing bonus money he made from being a number one pick,” Jree17 noted. But arguably the worst part of this was that the Raiders missed out on Adrian Peterson. He spent just three seasons in the NFL with the Raiders and gained more attention for his weight than for his on-field contribution.

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The fan continued: “Many of his teammates say he didn’t care about losing or trying in practice and when the Raiders stated that they were disappointed in him he basically blamed the team for losing. He also blew almost all of his money on Codeine. There are plenty of worse players out there but he’s always been one that I just don’t feel sorry for.” JaWalrus is one of the most devastating nicknames in NFL history.

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5. Limas Sweed

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Sweed in the 2008 draft. A superb college athlete, Sweed was on paper one of the best receivers available that season. However, injuries pushed him down the pecking order. When it came to on-field performances, the wideout was erratic and dropped a ridiculous number of balls. Meanwhile, he suffered mental health problems that are not to be laughed at.

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“Dude had serious mental problems and depression, and it absolutely affected his play,” Svenhoek86 said. “You could see him get worse and worse with every drop. Sad because if he had the hands and mental state to catch the balls thrown his way, he’d probably still be a Steeler. So many wide open drops.” It’s unfortunate that Sweed endured so many devastating issues, but at least won a Super Bowl ring.

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4. Ki-Jana Carter

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Carter with the first overall pick in 1995. But on only the third carry of his first preseason game, he suffered a devastating blow. “Shredded his ACL in his first-ever preseason game…and that was it. I can’t imagine working that hard, coming in with all those expectations…and then before you can do anything, your career is practically over,” achap39 said on Reddit.

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“Ki-Jana had it all. He was built like a brick house and he had 4.3 speed and the wiggle to go with it,” HeyZuesHChrist agreed. “When he tore his ACL you just did not come back from an ACL. The medical procedures and recovery was not anything like it is today. It was a death sentence and to do it on the first carry of his first pre-season game was absurd.”

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3. Tim Couch

Clyde_drexler wrote: “It sucks to see Tim Couch as just another failed QB name on the jersey of the long list of names because he was a legit good QB who just couldn’t stay on the field playing behind a just as often injured o-line. He took the Browns to their first playoff game since returning and had them winning. If he wouldn’t have broken down in such a short time, he could have done wonders for that franchise.”

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The Reddit user makes a good case for the former top pick because he did suffer from all of those problems. In short, it doesn’t matter how much quality a rookie QB receives if they take a tonne of sacks. Perhaps it’s harsh to call him a bust because he did help Cleveland to the postseason in 2002. But the former first overall pick suffered devastating injuries and was never able to deliver on his promise.

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2. Ryan Leaf

“I’ll never forget the hype going into that Draft and the high level of expectations on Leaf to be the next great franchise quarterback,” Misterlakatos reflected. “He was supposed to save the Chargers.” Looking back, it’s laughable that this was the case, but analysts saw Leaf as a potential future Hall of Famer. Some even believed that he was a better long-term option than the acclaimed Peyton Manning in the same draft.

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Enterprise90 said: “There was real debate as to if he could be better than Peyton Manning. Manning was seen as a sure-fire success, but there were thoughts Leaf could be even better.” The only thing that Leaf was better than Manning at was taking drugs. He had real problems with prescription drugs over the years and lacked the mental fortitude to make it in the NFL. A devastating pick for the Chargers that set the franchise back years.

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1. Johnny Manziel

“From his spoiled attitude to his domestic violence, there is nothing that dude could do that would make me like him,” namballer99 wrote. In sum, ‘Johnny Football’ was an unmitigated disaster for the Cleveland Browns. His attitude proved devastating for his prospects of developing into an elite NFL quarterback. After two seasons, the journey was over for the celebrated college athlete.

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The Browns cut him as soon as possible after his sophomore year because of his uncontrolled partying and apparent lack of commitment in any form.  DylanR2198 summed up the troubled signal-caller. “Manziel didn’t want to be developed, I don’t think it would have mattered who drafted Johnny, he wanted to rip lines and f**k dimes, and that’s his business, but it doesn’t warrant any sympathy.” Harsh yet true.

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