Jamarcus, Tony Mandarich, and Johnny Football: 1st Round Draft Pick NFL Busts

Jamarcus, Tony Mandarich, and Johnny Football: 1st Round Draft Pick NFL Busts

When a player is drafted in the 1st round, the expectation is that they will be a star player for years to come. If they are drafted 1st overall, the expectations (and the pressures) are even higher. Some players crumble and perform poorly, and their poor play becomes legendary. Let's see how well you can identify these 1st round NFL busts!

What team wasted the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft on wide receiver Kevin White?

What team wasted the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft on RB Trent Richardson

In 1989, what team wasted an early 1st round draft pick on Tony Mandarich?

What team wasted the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft on Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins?

What team drafted Texas A & M QB Johnny Manziel in the 1st round of the 2014 draft?

Who drafted LSU QB JaMarcus Russell 1st overall in 2007?

Who drafted Kentucky QB Tim Couch with the #1 overall pick in 1999?

What Heisman Trophy winner in 2006 flamed out after a short career with Arizona, Houston, and the Raiders?

What team wasted a 1st round draft pick on Michigan DL Taco Charlton in 2017?

What team wasted the 6th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft on defensive end Vernon Gholston?

In 1979, the New Orleans Saints used the 11th overall pick to draft a punter. What was his name?

What QB was picked 2nd overall in the 1989 draft right after Peyton Manning?

In 1999, what team wasted a 1st round draft pick on QB Cade McNown?

For what team was Ken Sims the #1 overall draft pick in 1982?

Aundray Bruce was an underperforming DE who was drafted #1 overall in 1988 by what team?

What team wasted the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft on UCLA QB Josh Rosen?

Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, and John Elway were all 1st round QB selections in 1983. Who else also was?

What QB was the 1st overall draft pick for the Houston Texans and then out of the league 5 years later?

What team wasted the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft on QB Jake Locker?

What team wasted the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft on wide receiver Justin Blackmon?

What team wasted a 1st round draft choice on QB Paxton Lynch in 2016?

In 2000, what QB did the 49ers pick in the 2nd round (4 rounds before the Patriots chose Tom Brady)?

What team wasted a 1st round draft choice on QB Heath Shuler?

From what school did the Bills use a 1st round draft pick to draft QB J.P. Losman?

Who wasted an early 1st round draft pick on Oregon QB Akili Smith in 1999?

Jamarcus, Tony Mandarich, and Johnny Football: 1st Round Draft Pick NFL Busts

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