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Top 15 2015 NFL First-Round Draft Picks Who Look Like Busts

Athletes in any sport, at any level, should never be judged by a single season alone. They could be nursing an injury, mentally pushing themselves too far in a walk year, or trying too hard to live up to a new contract. They could even simply be having a bad year; an outlier. This rule is especially true for players entering their first year in the pros. There’s obviously a lot of pressure to perform, and a general adjustment period due to the change from the minor league, college, or even high school level is expected. To label anyone a bust after such a small performance sample size would be reckless, ignorant, and a bit mean as well.

Still, drafting players isn’t an exact science. Sometimes an athlete really can’t hack it in the big show. They might succumb to pressure too often, they might lose focus once they start earning real money, or the competition could simply be too fierce for players who previously excelled somewhere else. Other times, it’s completely out of a player’s control. If a nagging injury pops up again - or a new one emerges - it could spell the beginning of the end right from the get-go.

That being said, none of the following players should be labeled busts quite yet. They need more time to adapt, to learn their team’s plays, and to gel with their teammates. Sure, not all 32 players drafted in the first round will go on to be superstars; it unfortunately never works out that way. But with so many different personalities, bodies, and skill sets, the odds say there will be at least a few athletes who will dominate, and a few who will fall completely flat. Although these predictions or suspicions may not come true in the end, here are the top 15 2015 NFL Draft picks who look like busts.

15 DeVante Parker

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14 Andrus Peat

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13 Danny Shelton

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12 Trae Waynes

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11 Vic Beasley

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10 Melvin Gordon

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9 Kevin White

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8 Laken Tomlinson

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7 Breshad Perriman

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6 Bud Dupree

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5 Ereck Flowers

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4 Nelson Agholor

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3 Phillip Dorsett

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2 Cameron Erving

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1 D.J. Humphries

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If a player gets a late start on the season or misses it completely due to injury, it can be worrisome, but it’s at least understandable. When the 24th overall pick of the draft doesn’t play in a single game because he was deemed not ready to compete at the pro level due to his performance during practice and preseason games, it’s an absolute tragedy. First round picks should almost immediately be contenders, but Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries hasn’t even seen a snap yet. It doesn’t really get much worse than this; at least the guys who blew it during games got to suit up and step onto the field.

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Top 15 2015 NFL First-Round Draft Picks Who Look Like Busts