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2007-09-03 10:27:30 AM
No Brian Bosworth?!
 
2007-09-03 10:44:08 AM
F-bear: No Brian Bosworth?!

Hey, I came here to say that. My 2nd pick would have to be Heath Shuler, the no talent hold-out of Washington Redskins fame.
 
2007-09-03 10:57:09 AM
Haven't we seen this lBoobiesed in various forms 347-415 times on Fark in the last few years?

Jeff George? How is he a bigger bust than even, say, Brian Griese?
 
2007-09-03 11:14:56 AM
Ki-Jana Carter shouldn't be on this list. He started his career off with a leg injury and never recovered. You can't call someone a bust unless they have a fair shot of realizing their potential.

There are several Florida QBs that should take his spot. Also, I would throw in Aundry Bruce.
 
2007-09-03 11:18:48 AM
Meh, this is one of those seasonal things we see every year around the draft and/or the beginning of the season.
No surprises on this list, especially number 1.
 
2007-09-03 11:19:03 AM
filth: Brian Griese

Brian Griese was chosen in the third round and even made a Pro Bowl. I wouldn't call him a bust. His dad probably does, but I don't.

The Broncos 1st round pick that year was Marcus Nash. He was a bust. One of my friends in college was his brother Tommy. Lucky bastard got to go to the Superbowl.
 
2007-09-03 11:39:15 AM
Jeff George was the greatest pre-game QB of all time. The guy made Elway look like a mediocre Pee Wee player in warmups, but then the game started.
 
2007-09-03 12:00:22 PM
Broadcastdave: filth: Brian Griese

Brian Griese was chosen in the third round and even made a Pro Bowl. I wouldn't call him a bust. His dad probably does, but I don't.

The Broncos 1st round pick that year was Marcus Nash. He was a bust. One of my friends in college was his brother Tommy. Lucky bastard got to go to the Superbowl.


That's my point. Griese probably went a round or two early in hindsight, but he wasn't a bust. By anyone's measure, Jeff George was a good quarterback. Even playing for some really bad teams, he had like one or two statistically bad seasons. The fact that he's a dick explains his teams' performance? I tend to think it was lack of talent at other positions, but what the hell do I know?
 
2007-09-03 12:25:59 PM
Tod Marinovich is clearing his throat. Only because he has "post nasal drip", though.
 
2007-09-03 12:29:44 PM
mario williams was a great pickup over those scrubs reggie bush and vince young
 
2007-09-03 12:31:09 PM
The worst part is as a Browns fan, how many of our picks I could throw up there for Couch. Looks like they tried to stay in the Top 6 picks or so, but still
Gerard Warren isn't horrid, but over LaDainian? *sigh*
William Green? "Yeah, I fell down the stairs and this knife slipped and stabbed me in the back. Also, don't take my pot" *sigh*
/go Browns
 
GTP
2007-09-03 12:33:26 PM
I think Tim Couch shouldn't be on this list. His biggest problems was that the Cleveland offensive line had more holes than swiss cheese. Because of them, he ended up with injury after injury, which decimated any of the talent that he showed in college.
 
2007-09-03 12:40:38 PM
Andre Ware?
 
2007-09-03 12:42:55 PM
Broadcastdave

What "several" Florida QBs? Rex is the only one in recent history taken in the first round and even he was 22nd overall. Plus it's way too early to call him a bust when he's only had one year of starting and he made it to the superbowl in that year. Jesse Palmer and Danny Weurffle were taken in the 4th round and Doug Johnson was in the 2nd. Steve Spurrier and John Reaves were the only other 2 taken in the first round. Reaves was a bust but Spurrier was in the league for 10 years and the only year he was allowed to throw many passes he had more TDs than ints.

Oh and Charles Rogers. That is all
 
2007-09-03 12:43:53 PM
Broadcastdave: Ki-Jana Carter shouldn't be on this list. He started his career off with a leg injury and never recovered. You can't call someone a bust unless they have a fair shot of realizing their potential.

There are several Florida QBs that should take his spot. Also, I would throw in Aundry Bruce.


Grossman has flashes of brilliance, so he is excluded, Danny Weurffel was drafted like #100, so its not like New Orleans wasted their first round pick with him. Shane Mathews, I dunno where he got drafted.
 
2007-09-03 12:43:59 PM
Heh, I met Akili Smith at a club in Newport, KY. Well actually it went like this.

Him: Don't you know who I am?
Me: Yeah *giggle walks away*

What a jackass.
 
2007-09-03 12:44:56 PM
Broadcastdave:

I agree but he never did realize his potential because of that injury making it a bust.
 
2007-09-03 12:45:07 PM
Robert Gallery is up there. I wouldn't even put Ryan Leaf on top; that "honor" should go to a #1 pick that was a bust. Now, had he been picked OVER Manning, definitely the biggest bust ever...I'd like Schlicter up there just for the whole "more felonies than games played" statistic. Or "more than 6 times the felonies as career TD passes" stat.

Leaf at least got to play more games than Schlicter had felonies.

Special consideration should be given to Vick, now, too. Except he had kinda good stats for a few years...so that will never happen.
 
2007-09-03 12:47:02 PM
I'm a Jets fan and am surprised at the lack of Jets on here.

/Blair Thomas (instead of Emmitt)
//Browning Nagle (instead of Favre)
 
2007-09-03 01:02:11 PM
The Boz was a decent NFL linebacker, Bo Jackson aside.
 
2007-09-03 01:02:14 PM
GTP: I think Tim Couch shouldn't be on this list. His biggest problems was that the Cleveland offensive line had more holes than swiss cheese. Because of them, he ended up with injury after injury, which decimated any of the talent that he showed in college.

Word.

Oh, it's 2007, I mean "This."
 
2007-09-03 01:05:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZxNeFLuY98

New window for all the Jets fans
 
2007-09-03 01:06:41 PM
Todd Blackledge.

Elway was already off the board in the '83 draft, but Tony Eason, Jim Kelly, Kenny O'Brien, and Dan Marino were all still on the board as QBs, not to mention Willie Gault, Bruce Matthews, Jim Jeffcoat and Darrell Green...and Vernon Maxwell...Darryl Talley...Roger Craig...Keith Bostic....
 
2007-09-03 01:06:43 PM
are all top 10 (or whatever) sports lists put together by people with no recollection of events beyond 25 years ago?
 
2007-09-03 01:15:24 PM
jbcuky: GTP: I think Tim Couch shouldn't be on this list. His biggest problems was that the Cleveland offensive line had more holes than swiss cheese. Because of them, he ended up with injury after injury, which decimated any of the talent that he showed in college.

Word.

Oh, it's 2007, I mean "This."


Y'know, I said it in the other thread, but it bears repeating: Byron Leftwich is going through the exact same thing right now...
 
2007-09-03 01:25:28 PM
mialynneb: I agree but he never did realize his potential because of that injury making it a bust.

I would label him a disappointment, not a bust
 
2007-09-03 01:25:57 PM
jetzzfan

/Blair Thomas (instead of Emmitt)
//Browning Nagle (instead of Favre)



Fail. Favre went #33, Nagle went #34. Wolf was with the Jets that draft, wanted Favre, and settled on Nagle. Next year, he moved to GB and immediately traded for Favre.

The worst Jets pick, even more than Blair Thomas, was Johnny Lam Jones, the second selection in 1980. The next two players picked were Anthony Munoz and Bruce Smith.
 
2007-09-03 01:26:39 PM
Todd Marinovich
 
2007-09-03 01:48:12 PM
Some of those guys on that list had amazing college careers, of course it would look like they'd be good pros, so I don't really like the "worst" label. Busts, yes. But if some guy like Curtis Enis tears up the Big Ten and looks like the next Earl Cambell, then a team is going to draft him. Now, someone like George is different. He didn't have that great of a college career, his hype came from the combine. Even with all the investigations and experts and all that is involved in the draft now, it's still a crapshoot. How else can you explain these guys taken in the later rounds who turn into great pros??
 
2007-09-03 01:50:43 PM
LB Aundray Bruce

Who is that you might ask? Exactly.


First overall draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons.

I should also add RB Blair Thomas, and a new addition to the list, DT Gerard Warren of the Browns. Why select LaDainian Tomlinson when a stud like Warren is on the board at the #3 slot? Ask Butch Davis.
 
2007-09-03 01:55:11 PM
FARK RYAN LEAF

/go Chargers
 
2007-09-03 01:56:59 PM
www.signonsandiego.com

Knock it off !
 
2007-09-03 01:58:42 PM
IlGreven

While I am a Byron fan and wish the Jags hadn't cut him, I think comparing the Jags to the Browns is kinda rediculous. Forget the differences between the defenses and go with just the offensive line, they were like number 2 in rushing and should have had 2 1,000 yard RBs. They were a fine offensive line. Lefty just got hurt through no fault of his or any lineman. He didn't preform as well as David Gerrard did and now Byron is gone.
 
2007-09-03 02:00:16 PM
Like the article says, Akili Smith is in the CFL, in Calgary. But he's not even the starter. He's the backup to Henry Burris, who never made it past third string in the NFL.

I bet that's a hard pill to swallow.
 
2007-09-03 02:01:45 PM
F-bear: No Brian Bosworth?!

According to the wikipedias:

Despite playing his entire college career on the strong side, he was moved to the Seahawks' weak side. Contrary to popular belief, Bosworth did well during his short time with the Seahawks, leading the team in several defensive categories and making the NFL's All-Rookie Team in 1987.

What, the Seahawks screwing up what position a player should play? Say it aint so!
 
2007-09-03 02:06:36 PM
I'm a Packer fan, and that Mandrich thing still hurts a little. All the great players they could have had and they went with a 'roid-rage lineman.
 
2007-09-03 02:20:45 PM
thistime: mario williams was a great pickup over those scrubs reggie bush and vince young

Way too early for those kind of jokes
 
2007-09-03 02:59:49 PM
i81icu812: FARK RYAN LEAF

/go Chargers


That's what he gets for calling Arrowhead overrated. You taunt the football gods, you're gonna burn...
 
2007-09-03 03:03:15 PM
This list is totally bogus for not including Tim Biakabatuka.
 
2007-09-03 03:16:46 PM
IlGreven:
I_Fly_Planes:


Also I recalll Byron Leftwich being injured a lot in college as well. I think it had more to do with conditioning than the Jags O-Line.
 
2007-09-03 03:42:24 PM
Tyrone Biggums: Also I recalll Byron Leftwich being injured a lot in college as well. I think it had more to do with conditioning than the Jags O-Line.

Definitely, if you work out enough it becomes impossible to break your leg.
 
2007-09-03 03:43:53 PM
#1 - Ryan Leaf

DNRTFA

did not need to RTFA
 
2007-09-03 04:15:26 PM
Awesome. A Coug at #1 and a Duck at #4.
 
2007-09-03 04:35:21 PM
This list needs to include most of the Seahawks' draft picks in the early '90s.

Dan McGwire ('91)
Ray Roberts ('92)
Rick Mirer ('93)

Thank, Tom Flores.

/Seahawks fan since '76
 
2007-09-03 04:37:15 PM
I_Fly_Planes: Jesse Palmer and Danny Weurffle were taken in the 4th round and Doug Johnson was in the 2nd...

Even more to your point, Doug Johnson was an undrafted free agent when he signed with Atlanta.

dogbone: Elway was already off the board in the '83 draft, but Tony Eason, Jim Kelly, Kenny O'Brien, and Dan Marino were all still on the board as QBs, not to mention Willie Gault, Bruce Matthews, Jim Jeffcoat and Darrell Green...and Vernon Maxwell...Darryl Talley...Roger Craig...Keith Bostic....

You thought they needed a point guard?
 
2007-09-03 04:42:33 PM
Broadcastdave: Ki-Jana Carter shouldn't be on this list
He was an undeserving, overhyped #1 draft pick, who never amounted to anything. So, yes, he deserves to be on this list.
 
2007-09-03 04:45:03 PM
IAmRight: Now, had he been picked OVER Manning

Could you even IMAGINE that? I mean, seriously, let's think about how he would be looked at if Leaf were picked ahead of Manning... with the careers they had. Leaf probably would've been killed, or killed himself.
 
2007-09-03 04:46:47 PM
IAmRight: Special consideration should be given to Vick, now, too.

Considering a) all of the hype, b) the lack of production/winning, and c) the fact that he was essentially traded for the best player in football suggests to me he deserves to be on this list.

Heck, I don't even think his stats would hold people back... it's the fact that the "experts" thought he was going to be so special. They'd never admit "wow, we were REALLY wrong about this douche."
 
2007-09-03 05:01:05 PM
Tommy Frasier anyone?
 
2007-09-03 05:08:01 PM
I would've just put the Redskins at #1 for NEVER HAVING ANY.
 
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