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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
452 76
JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

2
440 82
Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

3
215 64
Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

4
301 100
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
doro-the-exploro-gaming added

5
185 54
Todd Marinovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

6
187 59
Lawrence Philips is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

7
179 48
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

8
182 60
Akili Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

9
157 50
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

10
94 36
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

11
157 66
Matt Leinart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

12
177 83
Tim Couch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

13
121 47
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

14
103 34
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

15
127 58
Heath Shuler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

16
108 49
Vernon Gholston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end, Linebacker

17
107 56
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

18
107 49
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive lineman

19
88 37
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
64 19
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Running back

21
114 60
Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

22
76 31
Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
ScottPolichette added Linebacker

23
53 18
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Running back

24
55 17
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

25
49 25
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
65 29
Aaron Curry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

27
60 28
Jason Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Offensive Tackle

28
47 28
Rick Mirer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

29
88 52
Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
manupinsky added Quarterback

30
63 34
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
willyboymcoy added

31
103 58
Blaine Gabbert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

32
45 18
J. P. Losman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

33
41 18
Cade McNown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Quarterback

34
38 12
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

35
58 29
Aaron Maybin is listed (or ranked) 35 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.

36
45 24
Kyle Boller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

37
64 35
Matt Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Quarterback

38
36 14
Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
KT32889MD added Mike Williams

39
53 30
Derrick Harvey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive end

40
34 16
Mike Mamula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

41
47 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
53 34
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Return specialist, Wide receiver

43
32 20
Kelly Stouffer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
muzziac added Quarterback

44
60 31
Reggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Defensive tackle, Tackle

45
57 34
Mike Junkin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Linebacker

46
55 33
Troy Williamson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Wide receiver

47
31 11
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
56 27
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
Joshua Edmonson added Quarterback

49
62 41
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
doro-the-exploro-gaming added Tight end

50
34 20
Kenneth Sims is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts
JeffreyJustus added Defensive end