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(ESPN)   Top 50 busts in NFL history. This is totally uncool - get OFF THEIR BACKS   (sports.espn.go.com) divider line 85
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2008-04-17 10:24:04 PM  
Ha. Leaf. What a loser.
 
2008-04-17 10:30:32 PM  
No Brian Bosworth?
 
2008-04-17 10:30:48 PM  
Well, I guess I'll bite on the list...

Why isn't Rick Mirer on it?
 
2008-04-17 10:31:56 PM  
oldsbone: Well, I guess I'll bite on the list...

Why isn't Rick Mirer on it?


Because he was awesome.
 
2008-04-17 10:32:33 PM  
Feel_the_velvet: No Brian Bosworth?

Supplemental draft, but he should still count.

No Akili Smith?
 
2008-04-17 10:33:40 PM  
No Brian Bosworth?

He seems to be on this ESPN list

Good work, ESPN.
 
2008-04-17 10:34:40 PM  
alonzinator

Ah...Thanks!
 
2008-04-17 10:35:07 PM  
oldsbone: Why isn't Rick Mirer on it?

He got us Walter Jones, thanks Chicago! Suckers!
 
2008-04-17 10:37:44 PM  
KNOCK IT OFF!
 
2008-04-17 10:45:10 PM  
Hmm, quite a few Cincinnati Bengals on the list. Just sayin'
 
2008-04-17 11:17:06 PM  
Wow (From Wiki):

(Todd)Marinovich has had several run-ins with the law, most of which have been related to his ongoing drug and sex problems. He was arrested in 1991, while still a student at USC, on charges of rape and substance abuse. In 1997 he was arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana and served three months in jail after pleading guilty. In April 2000, Marinovich was arrested for sexual assault,[4] followed by a 2001 arrest on suspicion of heroin possession, which forced his exit from the Avengers.

Marinovich was arrested in a public bathroom in Newport Beach, California in May 2005, after being found with apparent drug paraphernalia. He fled on a child's bicycle, but was caught a few blocks away. He gave his occupation as "unemployed artist" and "anarchist" on the police report, which stated that his pupils were dilated and his behavior "erratic."[5] He was ordered to undergo six months of drug rehabilitation followed by six months of outpatient treatment as a result.[6]

In August 2007, Marinovich was arrested and charged with felony drug possession and resisting a police order after being stopped for skateboarding near the Newport Beach, California Pier boardwalk, where skateboarding is forbidden by local ordinance. Marinovich ran away when officers tried to stop him. He was found hiding in a carport about six blocks away. He had a guitar case, and inside officers found about a gram of powdered methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic needle, Sgt. Evan Sailor said. Marinovich was arrested and pleaded not guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of unauthorized possession of a hypodermic and resisting a police officer.
 
2008-04-17 11:49:04 PM  
*ponder whether Ryan Leaf is #1*
*check link*
*find Leaf at #1*
*BKITU knows all is right in the world*
 
2008-04-17 11:49:42 PM  
mikemoto: Hmm, quite a few Cincinnati Bengals on the list. Just sayin'

And they didn't even mention Ki-Jana Carter or Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson.
 
2008-04-18 12:37:14 AM  
Is this some kind of bust?
Well, it's very impressive, yes, but we need to ask you a few questions.
 
2008-04-18 01:46:21 AM  
CheddarPants: mikemoto: Hmm, quite a few Cincinnati Bengals on the list. Just sayin'

And they didn't even mention Ki-Jana Carter or Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson.


There's no way a list of top 50 busts shouldn't have Ki-Jana Carter. Or Rashaan Salaam.
 
2008-04-18 03:27:28 AM  
So wait, Maurice Clarett, a 3rd round pick, was a 'bust' but Courtney Brown, William Green, Gerard Warren and so on, are not?
/Go Browns...dammit
 
2008-04-18 03:30:20 AM  
No David Carr??
 
2008-04-18 04:24:50 AM  
Feel_the_velvet: No Brian Bosworth?

oldsbone: Well, I guess I'll bite on the list...

Why isn't Rick Mirer on it?


Glad to see that my Seahawks aren't reppin like they should.
 
2008-04-18 04:32:11 AM  
robbyking: followed by a 2001 arrest on suspicion of heroin possession, which forced his exit from the Avengers.

Yeah.

Captain America doesn't stand for that shiat.
 
2008-04-18 05:48:09 AM  
When Ryan Leaf was still the next big thing, (right before his first season began) I managed to get an autographed football from him.

By the mid point of his rookie season, I was using that ball to practice my long snaps.
 
2008-04-18 08:11:33 AM  
Bosworth's absence from this list makes it extremely suspect.
 
2008-04-18 08:18:15 AM  
The firm of Barzilauskas, Vick, Cadigan, Ward, Tannen, Mitchell and Haight (Hempstead NY) frowns on these shenanigans.

/i can still hear the echoes every sunday afternoon...holding, number 72, offense, repeat third down...after which the jets would run their patented six-yard-pass on third-and-14...
 
2008-04-18 08:21:22 AM  
Top 50 busts in NFL history.


Damn, I thought this was going to be a thread for posting pics of hot NFL wives. Turned out to be a total sausage fest.

I'm outta here.
 
2008-04-18 08:21:33 AM  
Any list of draft busts that doesn't put Tony Mandarich at the top is totally worthless. Any player who is considered to be the top prospect of his position EVER and he only comes in at 28 is totally suspect. George Perles, his college coach said he would've started on any of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl teams in the '70's as a Junior. Yeah, thats a whole lot of fail.
 
2008-04-18 08:22:29 AM  
House of Tards: There's no way a list of top 50 busts shouldn't have Ki-Jana Carter. Or Rashaan Salaam.

Salaam did have a 1000 yard season, so that may be see why he was not listed. I was surprised Ki-Jana wasn't there.
 
2008-04-18 08:28:34 AM  
From TFA:

29. QB Todd Blackledge (Penn State)
The biggest disappointment of the fabled quarterback class of 1983,


Tony Eason would like a word with you, sir.

/Steve Grogan FTW!
 
2008-04-18 08:54:25 AM  
www.sealclubbers.com

See you in 5 years.
 
2008-04-18 08:57:45 AM  
This list fails. Could someone please explain how Akili Smith came in at No. 42? He was nearly as bad as, if not worse than, Ryan Leaf.
 
2008-04-18 09:03:48 AM  
Pavia_Resistance: Salaam did have a 1000 yard season, so that may be see why he was not listed. I was surprised Ki-Jana wasn't there.

Ki-jana blew out his knees. They were unfortunate injuries. Players who have career ending injuries early in their careers are usually not considered busts. The term is subjective but to put someone like him who was a victim of bad circumstances next to Ryan Leaf is wrong.
 
2008-04-18 09:18:43 AM  
Makh: Is this some kind of bust?
Well, it's very impressive, yes, but we need to ask you a few questions.


Props to you, sir. Pat Paulson smiles on you while frowning on this presidential election.
 
2008-04-18 09:19:52 AM  
I second the Salaam query. 1000 yard season my ass, he fumbled a bajillion times. Though he does seem to have paved the way for Cedric Benson.
 
2008-04-18 09:24:30 AM  
Rex Grossman?
 
2008-04-18 09:31:19 AM  
As a Packer fan, I was shocked to see Mandarich so far down. Below a second round Cardinals pick? Hey why not put Randy Fasani on there too?
 
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2008-04-18 09:37:24 AM  
Mosey: See you in 5 years.

HA!
 
2008-04-18 09:40:27 AM  
Tim Couch needs to be higher.
That kid was money at Kentucky but one hell of a washout in the pros.
 
2008-04-18 09:47:26 AM  
What's the lesson we learned from the Ryan Leaf saga? Do not taunt Arrowhead Stadium.

/Yeah, it's our kill
 
2008-04-18 09:49:09 AM  
Bears fans will agree with me on this one:

Rashaan Farking Salaam

What a waste of a 1st round pick.
 
2008-04-18 09:51:15 AM  
Makh: Is this some kind of bust?
Well, it's very impressive, yes, but we need to ask you a few questions.


Surely, you must be joking.
 
2008-04-18 09:57:06 AM  
CheddarPants: mikemoto: Hmm, quite a few Cincinnati Bengals on the list. Just sayin'

And they didn't even mention Ki-Jana Carter or Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson.


I was wondering about Wilkinson too. He got such hype during the combine etc...
 
2008-04-18 10:04:25 AM  
El Farquistador: Bears fans will agree with me on this one:

Rashaan Farking Salaam

What a waste of a 1st round pick.




Cedric Benson is slowly limping forward to have a word with you.
 
2008-04-18 10:06:40 AM  
No Aundray Bruce? No. 1 overall, and out of the league in less than 5 years ..
 
2008-04-18 10:09:43 AM  
Deece: robbyking: followed by a 2001 arrest on suspicion of heroin possession, which forced his exit from the Avengers.

Yeah.

Captain America doesn't stand for that shiat.


He should have tried the Justice League instead... Green Arrow's used to having sidekicks who shoot up.
 
2008-04-18 10:16:25 AM  
Lawrence Phillips, #2? Are you kidding me? I thought busts, by definition, have to fail to live up to expectations. Phillips did exactly what any reasonable person expected him to do - beat the crap out of people. Off the field. Mostly women. Which you can't get away with in pro sports, unless you're married to them and/or a lot more productive on the stat-line. Last I heard, he was facing 20 years in prison. Kid was a thug, through and through - not a bust, just a big, dumb gamble that didn't pay off.

He was crazy good in college, though. Coulda been great in the pros, too, except for the whole evil thing. Still, having him and Ahman Green share a backfield with Tommy Frazier has to go down as the best backfield of all time (not to threadjack, but true is true.)
 
2008-04-18 10:19:52 AM  
Deece: robbyking: followed by a 2001 arrest on suspicion of heroin possession, which forced his exit from the Avengers.

Yeah.

Captain America doesn't stand for that shiat.


To be fair, he has to put with that alcoholic jackass Iron Man on a daily basis.
 
2008-04-18 10:24:58 AM  
Slight clarification - I'm not just kidding about Phillips not belonging - every other guy I read on that list turned out not to have the skills. That's why they don't list guys who were good but got injured early. Phillips played pretty well, when he wasn't cut for breaking team rules. He was a solid performer. Except when he ended Steve Young's career by totally whiffing on a block, leading to one concussion too many... But that's another story.
 
2008-04-18 10:32:17 AM  
I call sheanigans, No pre Kraft era Patriots were on the list.

Anyone remember Eugene Chung?
 
2008-04-18 10:37:48 AM  
This list is WAY off:

for the redskins alone:
They failed to mention the Biggest bust of them all:

LaVarr Arrington: #2 overall pick in the draft, Incredible physical skills, the hardest hitter in the NFl since "Night Train" but, the skins D was ALWAYS better when he was on the sidelines than when he was on the field.
 
2008-04-18 10:43:12 AM  
I just knew Leaf would be #1.

I also had a feeling Druckenmiller would be somewhere on there too.

And in another couple of years I expect to see Alex Smith.
 
2008-04-18 10:50:20 AM  
I RTFA expecting something completely different...

/no cheerleaders?
 
2008-04-18 10:55:13 AM  
Four on the list from Penn State, plus Ki-Jana Carter (I doubt he would have made an impact if he hadn't been injured) and LaVar Arrington mentioned here. JoePa was wise not to go to the NFL all those years ago; for whatever reason, a lot of his players have busted in the last 20 years in the pros.
 
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