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List Rules Vote up the most-hyped first round picks who failed to perform after Draft Day.

The biggest first round NFL Draft pick busts are those players who were drafted really high, got monster rookie contracts then did little to nothing afterwards. From those who were overhyped only to fail to perform to those whose off-field problems outweighed their on-field performance, these are some of the worst NFL Draft picks of all time.

One name is frequently mentioned as not just the worst first round NFL draft pick ever but the biggest NFL Draft bust of all time: Ryan Leaf. In a fierce race with guaranteed Pro Football Hall of Fame future inductee Peyton Manning, Leaf was selected first overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. That's where the fairy tale ends however as on- and off-field issues soon followed. As of 2012, Leaf was serving a lengthy prison sentence for burglary and drug charges. He played just 25 NFL games throwing 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

But Leaf is far from the only NFL Draft bust of note in the history of the league. JaMarcus Russell is frequently mentioned for his inconsistent play and drug issues, not to mention having an amusing athlete mug shot. Bo Jackson was a great NFL player, at least until he dumped the sport and his fans for a baseball career. Don't even get started on quarterbacks drafted by the Cleveland Browns in their miserable history as few, if any, of those stories end well.

While not every first round draft pick is a guaranteed NFL legend, a certain amount of expectation comes with being selected so high and these men all failed miserably. Does a certain NFL Draft bust stick out in your mind as particularly awful? Vote for the worst first round draft picks ever, add any not listed or even re-rank these men who are all among the biggest first round NFL Draft pick busts of all time.
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1
453 76
JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

2
441 82
Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

3
215 65
Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

4
302 100
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
doro-the-exploro-gaming added

5
186 54
Todd Marinovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

6
188 59
Lawrence Philips is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

7
179 49
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

8
183 60
Akili Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

9
158 50
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

10
95 36
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

11
158 66
Matt Leinart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

12
178 83
Tim Couch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

13
121 48
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

14
104 34
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

15
127 59
Heath Shuler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

16
109 49
Vernon Gholston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end, Linebacker

17
107 57
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

18
108 49
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive lineman

19
65 19
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

20
88 38
Dan McGwire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Kenne_W added Quarterback - Drafted ahead of Brett Favre. Younger brother of MLB legend Mark McGwire.

21
115 60
Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

22
76 32
Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
ScottPolichette added Linebacker

23
54 18
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

24
56 17
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

25
49 26
Steve Entman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Steve Entman Defensive Tackle

26
66 29
Aaron Curry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

27
61 28
Jason Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Offensive Tackle

28
48 28
Rick Mirer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

29
89 52
Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
manupinsky added Quarterback

30
104 58
Blaine Gabbert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

31
46 18
J. P. Losman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

32
42 18
Cade McNown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

33
63 35
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
willyboymcoy added

34
39 12
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

35
46 24
Kyle Boller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

36
58 29
Aaron Maybin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Kenne_W added Defensive end, Linebacker - #11 in '09. Cut several times in his 2 year career.

37
65 35
Matt Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

38
37 14
Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Mike Williams

39
35 16
Mike Mamula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

40
54 30
Derrick Harvey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end

41
48 24
E. J. Manuel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
doro-the-exploro-gaming added Quarterback

42
61 31
Reggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive tackle, Tackle

43
57 34
Mike Junkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

44
53 35
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Return specialist, Wide receiver

45
32 21
Kelly Stouffer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

46
31 11
Aundray Bruce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker, Tight end

47
57 27
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Joshua Edmonson added Quarterback

48
55 34
Troy Williamson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

49
34 20
Kenneth Sims is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
JeffreyJustus added Defensive end

50
62 42
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
doro-the-exploro-gaming added Tight end