NFL Draft BUSTS: 14 HUGE Draft Disasters Of The Decade (PHOTOS)
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The 2010 NFL draft begins tonight at 7:30 on ESPN and NFL Network, and there are plenty of questions leading up to it. Will the Rams take Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick? Is Ben Roethlisberger getting traded? Will the Redskins trade up? When will Tim Tebow get drafted? And one question on everyone's mind: who will be the biggest bust of the draft? There have been plenty of embarrassing draft busts over the years, from Ki-Jana Carter to Ryan Leaf. Scroll down to see 14 drafting disasters from the past decade. Who was the worst? Know someone we should add? Email us at email@example.com.
WR Charles Rogers, Detriot Lions
Rogers was the second overall pick in the 2003 draft. After scoring three touchdowns in his first five games, the former Michigan State receiver broke his collar bone and was injured for the rest of the season. He hurt his collar bone again in the first game of the following season. Rogers was later suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy and was charged with assault and battery in 2008.
QB JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders
Russell was the first pick in the 2007 draft and has never looked like a No. 1 selection. After two years, Russell was benched for Bruce Gradkowski. That should be enough to declare him as a huge draft bust. But just in case, the former LSU Tiger recorded a 48.8% completion percentage, a 50.0 quarterback rating, 11 interceptions and just three touchdown passes in 2009.
QB Joey Harrington, Detroit Lions
The Lions chose Harrington with the third overall pick in the 2002 draft, hoping that he would be a franchise quarterback. Well, they didn't get what they were looking for. The former Oregon Duck never got comfortable in Detroit, leading the Lions to a 3-13 record in 2002. Even in his best year (2004, when he threw for over 3,000 yards), Detroit finished 6-10. Harrington landed on the Miami Dolphins in 2006 and then the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. He is now a backup for the New Orleans Saints.
QB Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith was picked first overall in the 2005 draft. He was chosen before Aaron Rodgers, DeMarcus Ware and Shawne Merriman. He threw one touchdown pass and 11 interceptions in his rookie year. The 49ers lost him for the 2007 season after a shoulder injury. Luckily for Smith, San Francisco hasn't given up on him yet, but eventual abandonment may be inevitable.
OT Mike Williams, Buffalo Bills
Williams was the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft out of the University of Texas. He never made an immediate impact, suffered multiple injuries and was cut from Buffalo after the 2005 season. He weighed 400 pounds when he was picked up by the Washington Redskins in 2009. This bust was drafted before Brian Westbrook, Albert Haynesworth and Ed Reed.
QB David Carr, Houston Texans
David Carr was selected out of Fresno State as the first overall pick in the 2002 draft. Defenses beat him down for the next five years in Houston. In a brutal rookie campaign, Carr was sacked 76 times, an NFL record. He never led the Texans to more than sevens wins in a season (just once in 2004) and was released after the 2006 season. He is now a backup for the New York Giants.
WR David Terrell, Chicago Bears
The Bears drafted Terrell as the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft. He was the first wide receiver chosen as well. In fact, Terrell was picked before Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith and Santana Moss. Terrell, drafted out of Michigan, scored four touchdowns in his rookie year, but never recorded more than that in a single season ever again.
DE Courtney Brown, Cleveland Browns
Cleveland selected Courtney Brown as the first overall pick in the 2000 draft, but the defensive end never lived up to expectations. Although he recorded 4.5 sacks and 70 tackles in his rookie season, he had problems staying healthy throughout the rest of his career. After becoming the 11th defensive end to be the No. 1 overall pick in draft history, Brown tore his ACL in 2006 as a member of the Denver Broncos and retired in 2007.
DT Dewayne Robertson, New York Jets
In 2003, the Jets selected Robertson with the fourth overall pick in the draft. This pick wound up being a bust because New York traded two first-round selections for him. He skipped his senior season at Kentucky to enter the draft. Robertson played in every game during his rookie year, but only recorded 1.5 sacks. After it was clear he would never be the productive defensive tackle the Jets were hoping for, they traded him in 2008 to the Broncos for a conditional '09 draft pick.
WR Reggie Williams, Jacksonville Jaguars
Reggie Williams was selected ninth overall by the Jaguars in the 2004 draft. Besides his only good season in 2007 in which he scored 10 touchdowns, Williams only scored eight total touchdowns in his four other years with Jacksonville. He has also ran into plenty of trouble off of the field. Since 2006, Williams has been arrested for marijuana possession, a DWI, and felony drug charges.
DT Ryan Sims, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs picked Sims as the sixth overall pick in the 2002 draft, even though Albert Haynesworth was still available. In five season with Kansas City, Sims only recorded five sacks. He has just 3.5 sacks in three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
WR Mike Williams, Detroit Lions
You know a wide receiver is a bust when he was a top 10 pick, but his most productive season was his rookie year when he recorded just 29 receptions, 350 yards and only one touchdown. In 2005, Detroit drafted Williams out of USC with the 10th overall pick. He was traded to Tennessee in 2007, but never caught a pass. He was later traded to Oakland mid-way through the 2007 season and only caught seven passes.
WR Peter Warrick, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals selected Warrick as the fourth overall pick in the 2000 draft. Warrick, a former Florida State Seminole, scored seven touchdowns in 2003, but was replaced by T.J Houshmandzadeh and released after the 2005 season. After playing in New England and Seattle, Warrick made his way to the Arena Football League, Canadian Football League and the United Football League.
OT Robert Gallery, Oakland Raiders
Robert Gallery was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Iowa. <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1031881/index.htm" target="_hplink">Peter King of Sports Illustrated</a> called him "the best lineman to come out of college in years." He happened to be awful at the tackle position, so he moved to offensive guard. Gallery has been in the league for seven years and hasn't been anything close to productive.