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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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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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