When a team drafts a player in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, the hope is that player can make an impact immediately, if not a few years down the road. When that doesn't happen, teams quickly regret their decision that seemed like a good idea at the time.
No team is immune to the draft bust. Over the course of the league's history, every team has had to face the music for taking the wrong player, whether it's on offense or defense. A team like the Cleveland Browns are the best in the business at this, while other teams like the New England Patriots don't see busts quite as often.
Poor upper management and terrible draft scouting are the major causes for these busts being taken. Granted, there are some players who just absolutely surprise us all when they don't work out, however normally there are at least some red flags to help figure it out ahead of time.
Sometimes teams ignore these red flags altogether hoping they can change a player, which is almost always a bad idea. You can certainly say some of the guys on this list had those red flags, like quarterback Johnny Manziel and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.
But others, like offensive tackle Greg Robinson and wide receiver Kevin White weren't so obvious. Regardless of whether it was apparent or not, the teams who took these players are now suffering through their respective mistakes - and those same mistakes can often set franchises back for years.
Here are some players drafted in recent years that NFL teams are already regretting.
15 Greg Robinson
The no. 2 overall pick from the 2014 draft has bust written all over him. Robinson was decent in his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and bought himself time because he was young. Now in his third season, that same excuse isn’t working for him anymore. Robinson is getting smoked by defensive linemen on a regular basis and as a result, both the Rams passing and rushing attacks are near the bottom of the league.
14 Kevin White
The Chicago Bears thought they were drafting a receiver they could pair with Alshon Jeffery to help go back to the days of a killer wideout combo when the team sported Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. That hasn’t turned out to be successful for the Bears, as the no. 7 overall pick from the 2015 draft can’t get on the field.
13 Bryce Petty
One of many draft failures at the quarterback position in New York Jets history, Petty has proven he is not going to be the future of the team beyond this season. Petty sat behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith for most of the 2016 campaign and didn’t get his chance until both quarterbacks got hurt. Even when he got his chance, Petty didn’t do much with it.
12 Nelson Agholor
The Philadelphia Eagles were looking for a stud No. 1 receiver in the 2015 draft and decided to select Agholor with the No. 20 overall pick. After a quiet rookie season that saw Agholor total just 283 yards and one touchdown in 13 games as a receiver, many believed he’d breakout in 2016.
11 Ereck Flowers
When a player is drafted in the top 10 of a draft as a left tackle, that player is supposed to be the anchor of an offensive line. Flowers, who was drafted No. 9 overall by the New York Giants in 2015, has been the opposite of that. He has not improved the Giants’ lackluster offensive line at all, which is a major problem considering the Giants have spent almost no money on it the past few seasons.
10 Paxton Lynch
With Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler signing in Houston, the Denver Broncos had a major hole at the quarterback position. Sure, Manning wasn’t much before he retired, but he was still smarter than any signal-caller at his talent level. The Broncos have quickly found that out with Lynch, who hasn't proven to be any better than the aged version of Manning after he was taken as the 26th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
9 Breshad Perriman
Another first-round receiver looking like a bust, Perriman was unable to get into a single game during his rookie season. A PCL sprain in camp sent him to injured reserve before even playing a snap and the No. 26 overall pick in the 2015 draft looked to be headed for the same fate after it was believed he tore his ACL before the 2016 season.
8 T.J. Yeldon
Yeldon is proving exactly why you don’t draft running backs earlier in the draft. Yeldon was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2015 draft and has yet to come close to looking like the talent he was at Alabama. The 23-year-old has averaged an unacceptable amount of yards per carry in his first two seasons and has only scored a handful of touchdowns.
7 Bishop Sankey
Sankey was taken as the first running back off the board in the 2014 draft when he was selected in the second round at 54th overall. As it turns out, Sankey might have been the worst running back drafted in that class. After 29 games over two dreadful seasons for the Tennessee Titans, Sankey was released and the team cut its losses once the realization hit that he was no good.
6 Christian Hackenberg
With reports suggesting Hackenberg is nowhere near ready to take the field, the Jets are quickly regretting taking the Penn State product in the second round of the 2016 draft. Hackenberg started the season as the team’s No. 4 quarterback behind Fitzpatrick, Smith and Petty, and the only reason he has moved up the depth chart this season is because Smith suffered a serious knee injury.
5 Johnny Manziel
It didn't take long for the Cleveland Browns to regret drafting Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. After 14 games over two seasons in Cleveland, Manziel's numbers were wholly unimpressive and he looked lost behind center for the Browns. His play on the field was not the only concern, though.
4 Ameer Abdullah
Abdullah’s rookie season with the Detroit Lions was a mixed bag. He only averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored just three times, however he was a solid receiver for the Lions out of the backfield and showed some flashes of talent here and there. Still, that isn’t exactly what you’d hope to get out of a second-round pick, and that’s especially true considering a former sixth-round pick, Theo Riddick, has routinely outplayed Abdullah.
3 Cordarrelle Patterson
It’s hard to believe that Patterson was one of the most coveted receivers in the 2013 NFL Draft. Since entering the league, he’s been a poor route-runner and has done nothing to contribute as a receiver. As a result, Patterson is no more than a trick-play guy who can be an explosive player in the kick return game.
2 Robert Nkemdiche
Having played in just four games for the Arizona Cardinals this season, Nkemdiche is on his way to being a bust after a successful collegiate career. The defensive tackle has notched just one tackle this season in his limited action and has yet to get to the quarterback. What’s even worse is that now his head coach is calling him out for a lack of motivation.
1 Jared Goff
Once Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott - two quarterbacks taken after Goff - were starting and playing well for their respective teams, people began wondering what was up with Goff, a player the Rams mortgaged their future for in order to trade up and pick. The 2016 No. 1 overall pick wasn’t good enough to surpass Sean Mannion on the depth chart to start the season and it took him 10 long weeks of offensive ineptitude by Case Keenum to finally get the starting job.
Goff was more of a project than the Rams had hoped, which shouldn’t have been a surprise. After all, he came from a far different system in Cal than what he’s seen in the NFL and the jump has been difficult for him to say the least. Not to mention, the Rams threw Goff into a situation that is far from ideal for a rookie quarterback. Goff has hardly any talent in his receiving corps and the offensive line stinks, therefore leading to no ground game to support the 22-year-old. The jury is still out on Goff, but the Rams were not ready to develop a rookie quarterback with the roster as is, and Jeff Fisher is not the right head coach to get it done.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!