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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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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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