10 of the Biggest NFL Draft Busts

Football season is officially over. Boo hiss and all that. Let's not worry football fans. The NFL draft is right around the corner. Let's just hope your team doesn't make the same mistakes as these guys did. Here's a list of some of the biggest NFL draft day busts. Note: I said SOME OF the biggest busts. Not all of. So before you freak out and say I left whomever off the list. Note the title, yes?

Rae Carruth, WR, No. 27 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in 1997 - You make it into the bust category when you're taken in the first round and then conspire to have your pregnant girlfriend whacked. Not a good move bro.

Akili Smith, QB, No.3 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1999 - This dude was a total flop! Wasn't he supposed to be the next best thing? The Bengals thought so and were utterly mistaken. In 17 starts over four seasons, he tossed a paltry five TD's, and 13 INT's. Akili Smith: total draft day goat.

Charles Rogers, WR, No. 2 overall pick by the Detroit Lions in 2003 - Where in the h-e-double hockey sticks did this guy disappear to? Oh, I know! He was off chiefing some trees instead of playing ball. Maybe he was hanging with Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams, RB, No. 5 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1999 - Okay, the guy never even remotely lived up to his expectations. All that talent, wasted. I know he may have some numbers, but whatever. Total NFL bust. Argue if you want, but I'm right on this one.

Ryan Leaf, QB, No. 2 overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1998 - All I can say here is nut-job. And I will admit this, at the time I would've taken Leaf over Peyton Manning. Maybe that's why I'm doing this instead of working for the NFL.

Brady Quinn, QB, No. 22 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2007 - He set all kinds of records at Notre Dame. I was a fan of Quinn. I really was. But when you get beat out of the starting job by Tim Tebow, you are officially a draft day bust.

Andre Wadsworth, DE, No. 3 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998 - I remember this guy. He was supposed to be a hella good pass rusher. Too bad that he was plagued with the injury bug. He made a comeback attempt in 2007 with the New York Jets but was cut before the start of the season.

Tim Couch, QB, No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1999, Joey Harrington, QB, No. 3 overall pick by the Detroit Lions in 2002, David Carr, QB, No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2002 - All of these QB's are nothing but draft day goats. Baaaaa! None of these guys amounted to anything. Especially Couch. Hindsight is always 20/20, right?

JaMarcus Russell, QB, No. 1 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2007 - This guy is the epitome of a draft day bust. I'm not surprised. I was never a fan of this guy and honestly I was rather happy to watch him fail. But kudos to him, he made a cool $30 million and ate his way to nearly 300 pounds. Why can't I get a gig like that?

So there you have it. I know that this list may be QB heavy, and I know I left out some guys like The Boz, and Tony Mandarich, or whatever. Like I could go on all day. Still, this is a pretty good list. If you disagree, feel free to make your own. And here's to hoping that your team doesn't fall victim to a draft day bust.

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Updated Friday, Feb 10, 2012