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    ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Link: ESPN.com's ranking of the top 50 busts in NFL draft history

    The ESPN Top 10:

    10. Jerry Tagge, Packers (1972)
    9. Bo Matthews, Chargers (1974)
    8. Mike Junkin, Browns (1987)
    7. Johnny "Lam" Jones, Jets (1980)
    6. Keith McCants, Buccaneers (1990)
    5. Charles Rogers, Lions (2003)
    4. Heath Shuler, Redskins (1994)
    3. Art Schlichter, Colts (1982)
    2. Lawrence Phillips, Rams (1996)
    1. Ryan Leaf, Chargers (1998)



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Ah, Lam Jones. And the Jets also picked Crutchfield the following season. Coincidence?

    Tony Mandarich is another name which comes to mind. What about Eric Crouch?



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Are you kidding me?

    I'll agree with Ryan Leaf at #1. However, #2 definitely belongs to someone who didn't even make the top 25:



    Especially when you consider the other players in that draft:

    1.) Troy Aikman (Hall of Fame - 2006)
    2.) Tony Mandarich
    3.) Barry Sanders (Hall of Fame - 2004)
    4.) Derrick Thomas (HOF finalist and future HOF'er)
    5.) Deion Sanders (Future HOF'er)



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    It is an interesting list - fun to see the drafts I remember.



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Quote Originally Posted by superfan View Post
    Are you kidding me?

    I'll agree with Ryan Leaf at #1. However, #2 definitely belongs to someone who didn't even make the top 25:



    Especially when you consider the other players in that draft:

    1.) Troy Aikman (Hall of Fame - 2006)
    2.) Tony Mandarich
    3.) Barry Sanders (Hall of Fame - 2004)
    4.) Derrick Thomas (HOF finalist and future HOF'er)
    5.) Deion Sanders (Future HOF'er)

    Definitely. Maybe they gave him a break because of injuries. You'd think that the steroids would have helped. I'd probably slide Heath out of there. IMO he was overrated.



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    where the heck is Brian Bosworth?!?!?!

    It's good to see only one Cowboys pick on there, say whatever you want about Jerry Jones, but his team has historically been GREAT come draft day.


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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Robert Gallery anyone? At least top 20. Same problem as Manderich?



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    Robert Gallery anyone? At least top 20. Same problem as Manderich?
    that was another one I was gonna say too, but maybe they are holding out on him in that maybe he might still have time to turn that career around.

    I do totally agree with #1 tho.


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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    Robert Gallery anyone? At least top 20. Same problem as Manderich?
    Most if not all of their top 50 are retired. I think they're giving Gallery a little time since he's still playing...errrr...at least on a roster. Give it time, he'll be pretty high on the list.



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Ahhhh Lawrence Phillips!! I'm a big time Rams fan, and when they traded Jerome Bettis, I would check the sports page every day just on the off chance that they traded back for him. I was very young and optimistic. But I guess if Lawrence Phillips would have remotely panned out, we wouldn't have traded for Marshall Faulk and the Greatest Show on Turf never would have happened!!



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyclone4 View Post
    where the heck is Brian Bosworth?!?!?!
    Actually, I'm pretty shocked myself at the lack of "The Boz" in the top 50. I saw him a few years after his flop of a professional football career, when he attempted to become an "actor" and he looked about 160 pounds or so.


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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    That list is littered with Big 10 offensive players.


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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    I'm so happy, and suprised, there aren't any Bears picks in the top 10. It also reminds me how terrible the Bears are at picking a RB in the first round (Enis, Sallam, Benson)



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    That list is put together all wrong! How is Jim Drukenmiller a bigger bust than Akili Smith, Tim Couch, and Andre Ware?



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    Re: ESPN's Top 50 Busts in NFL Draft History

    Do you think Fizer would make the top 10 for the NBA?



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