NFL Draft: 10 Biggest WR Busts in Draft History

By Frederick Brown
March 28, 2013 9:36 pm
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The wide receiver is a very important position on the field. Without a strong presence on the outside, it is extremely difficult for an offense to be productive. For some reason it is also a difficult position to transition to when coming from the college ranks to the NFL. The NFL has exposed some of the best college football players of all time and made them look like they never played football in their life. The NFL has also shown that improper care of your body can lead to injuries that are tough to recover from. Everyone knows who the top busts are, but my list contains a couple names that will make you look at them with new eyes! 

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12 months ago
I always said college football does not prove that a player is going to be good!!
12 months ago

It definitely doesn't garauntee success, regardless of how well you perform (clearly!!). What's something GM's can look for in college athletes to prevent these types of disasters?
12 months ago

I know. The Heisman Trophy can be proof of that a lot of the time. There are years where the best player doesn't win it.
12 months ago
I like that you included Keyshawn, makes me feel better about putting Vince Young in my top QB busts article. Good job.
12 months ago

Thanks! I had to, didn't live up to #1 pick expectations and it seems like people were afraid to say it.
12 months ago

And then I had the nerve to include Kerry Collins, although I said he had a little success, but for a #5 pick, 2200 yard average per year is dismal. I got some flack for that choice!
12 months ago
It's because of numbers 2, 3 and 4 teams today are very cautious when drafting WR's early in the first round. Keyshawn Johnson was a great WR, according to Keyshawn Johnson. He was average at best and a borderline bust considering how high he was drafted.
12 months ago

Couldn't have said it better myself. In his own world he was the best ever! In reality, what did he actually accomplish that two people playing his same position in the same draft didn't do better?
12 months ago
Can I honorable mention Hart Lee Dykes? He was another hard luck case similar to Green. He was drafted at #16 by the Patriots in 1989.
12 months ago

It was between Dykes and Green! I went with Green because his college coach drafted him. Dykes is definitely #11
12 months ago

I've done a few of these lists, so I know how tough it is to squeeze everyone in. Good job though. Can't complain about your choices. I just like to flash my geekiness by spouting out relatively obscure players.
12 months ago

I know right! I am beginning to become the same way now.
12 months ago

Also, Al, don't forget about Rashaun Woods, SF's first rounder in 2004. He was an epic bust.

And, here are a few more:

Marcus Nash: Denver's first rounder in 1998
Clyde Duncan: The Cardinals' first rounder in 1984
Lam Jones: First rounder in 1980 for the Jets
Larry Burton: First rounder in 1975 for the Saints
12 months ago

Yeah, name checked Woods in an article recently as the end of a three year run of bad first-rounds picks (Mike Rumph and Kwame Harris). Duncan would have been my #6 of my top 5 Cardinals regrets. Jones and Burton came at a time when the NFL coveted sprinters, whether they could catch or not. Woods was actually a receiver first, the others were just unwise picks, I guess. The NFL is littered with first round busts at receiver.
12 months ago
I would draft my receivers based productivity in big games and in climate weather performances against superior opponents. Can you a WR consistently get it done when it matters the most!!

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