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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
422 73
JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

2
410 77
Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

3
274 87
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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4
200 61
Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

5
176 51
Todd Marinovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

6
167 42
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

7
173 55
Lawrence Philips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

8
172 56
Akili Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

9
153 47
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

10
115 42
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

11
167 77
Tim Couch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

12
88 33
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

13
146 63
Matt Leinart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

14
96 31
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

15
126 56
Heath Shuler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

16
107 46
Vernon Gholston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end, Linebacker

17
101 52
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

18
105 48
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive lineman

19
85 35
Dan McGwire is listed (or ranked) 19 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.

20
111 56
Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

21
57 17
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

22
71 28
Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
ScottPolichette added Linebacker

23
51 16
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

24
46 23
Steve Entman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Steve Entman Defensive Tackle

25
50 15
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

26
58 26
Jason Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Offensive Tackle

27
61 30
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
willyboymcoy added

28
44 15
J. P. Losman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

29
100 53
Blaine Gabbert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

30
44 20
Kyle Boller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

31
58 26
Aaron Maybin is listed (or ranked) 31 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.

32
43 26
Rick Mirer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

33
60 28
Aaron Curry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

34
39 16
Cade McNown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

35
63 31
Matt Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

36
83 50
Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
manupinsky added Quarterback

37
45 19
E. J. Manuel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
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38
52 30
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Return specialist, Wide receiver

39
31 17
Kelly Stouffer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

40
33 12
Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Mike Williams

41
32 11
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

42
57 32
Mike Junkin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

43
51 28
Derrick Harvey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end

44
32 14
Mike Mamula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

45
59 29
Reggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive tackle, Tackle

46
57 34
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
doro-the-exploro-gaming added Tight end

47
53 31
Troy Williamson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

48
30 10
Aundray Bruce is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker, Tight end

49
55 34
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end, Linebacker

50
43 21
Jake Locker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback