The NFL Draft is suppose to be a time where teams fill their rosters with young promising players that will ensure success in the future, unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Year in and Year out players are selected and fail to live up to their potential and are labeled BUSTS. These Busts could potentially have a crippling affect on a franchises future. Some of the more famous draft Busts are Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, Lawrence Phillips, and Ki-Jana Carter. How a bust is determined is too undefined to get into details about.
A prime example is the 6 straight losing seasons following the Bengals failure to develop Akili Smith into a capable NFL starter. Compare that to the 6 straight winning seasons produced by the Chargers after drafting Phillip Rivers in 2004. Of course these players are not solely responsible for their team’s success or failures but they did have a major impact.
After looking over the players projected to go in the first round I was amazed how many gave me an uneasy feeling. This week we are going to count down the top 10 players with the most bust potential. I encourage that all the readers get involved and suggest potential busts of the week. Leave comments to help me feel better about a player or continue to add on the pile.
Jason Pierre-Paul- DE- USF
10 out of 10
Coming in at #1 on our BUST-O-METER countdown is Jason Pierre Paul. Pierre- Paul has a lot of physical talent and proved that with his impressive work at the combine but this prospect doesn’t come without concerns. Pierre-Paul only has 1 year of major college football experience and that is a cause for concern. It’s been an epidemic in the NFL that organizations ignore production and focus on the athletic abilities. This strategy has hurt franchises more often than not. I think Pierre- Paul’s bust potential is higher due to where he is projected to be selected. There is a lot of people projecting him in the top ten and that’s a dangerous position to select an unproven prospect. I don’t want to ignore the fact that Paul- Pierre has a lot of talent and could turn into a sack master but I feel he has a high potential to BUST.
Lets see some comments… Is Pierre- Paul the most likely to BUST?