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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
461 78
JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

2
448 85
Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

3
306 104
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
doro-the-exploro-gaming added

4
189 56
Todd Marinovich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

5
217 70
Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

6
185 49
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

7
189 62
Lawrence Philips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

8
185 61
Akili Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

9
161 52
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

10
161 67
Matt Leinart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

11
98 38
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

12
180 87
Tim Couch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

13
122 50
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

14
106 37
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

15
115 50
Vernon Gholston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end, Linebacker

16
129 61
Heath Shuler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

17
111 59
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

18
109 50
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive lineman

19
67 21
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

20
89 39
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
117 61
Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

22
62 17
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

23
79 35
Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
ScottPolichette added Linebacker

24
55 19
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

25
51 27
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
50 29
Rick Mirer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

27
62 29
Jason Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Offensive Tackle

28
67 30
Aaron Curry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

29
91 53
Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
manupinsky added Quarterback

30
107 59
Blaine Gabbert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

31
43 19
Cade McNown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

32
64 36
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
willyboymcoy added

33
40 13
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

34
46 19
J. P. Losman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

35
47 25
Kyle Boller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

36
59 30
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 36
Matt Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

38
38 15
Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Mike Williams

39
50 24
E. J. Manuel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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40
55 31
Derrick Harvey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end

41
36 17
Mike Mamula is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

42
62 32
Reggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive tackle, Tackle

43
57 35
Mike Junkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

44
53 36
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Return specialist, Wide receiver

45
32 22
Kelly Stouffer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

46
55 35
Troy Williamson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

47
31 12
Aundray Bruce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker, Tight end

48
58 29
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Joshua Edmonson added Quarterback

49
34 21
Kenneth Sims is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
JeffreyJustus added Defensive end

50
38 18
Christian Ponder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback