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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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Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Ryan Leaf Quarterback

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JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
JaMarcus Russell Quarterback

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Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

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Lawrence Philips is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

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Todd Marinovich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Todd Marinovich Quarterback

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Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Akili Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Akili Smith Quarterback

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

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Tim Couch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Tim Couch Quarterback

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

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Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Art Schlichter Quarterback

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Vernon Gholston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Vernon Gholston Defensive end, Linebacker

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Heath Shuler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Heath Shuler Quarterback

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Matt Leinart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Matt Leinart Quarterback

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Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Ki-Jana Carter Running back

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Dan McGwire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Kenne_W added Dan McGwire Quarterback - Drafted ahead of Brett Favre. Younger brother of MLB legend Mark McGwire.

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Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

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Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Maurice Clarett Running back

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Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Joey Harrington Quarterback

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Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Matt Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Matt Jones Quarterback

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

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Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Justin Blackmon Wide receiver

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

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

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Rick Mirer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Rick Mirer Quarterback

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Blaine Gabbert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Blaine Gabbert Quarterback

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Aaron Maybin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Kenne_W added Aaron Maybin Defensive end, Linebacker - #11 in '09. Cut several times in his 2 year career.

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Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Cade McNown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Derrick Harvey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Derrick Harvey Defensive end

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Kyle Boller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Reggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Reggie Rogers Defensive tackle, Tackle

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Troy Williamson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Troy Williamson Wide receiver

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Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Peter Warrick Return specialist, Wide receiver

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J. P. Losman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added J. P. Losman Quarterback

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Aundray Bruce is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Aundray Bruce Defensive end, Linebacker, Tight end

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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Kelly Stouffer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Mike Junkin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Mike Junkin Linebacker

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Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker

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E. J. Manuel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Kenneth Sims is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Trev Alberts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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Mark Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Kenne_W added Mark Sanchez Quarterback