Is it fair to count a guy like Emtman, who had all the heart and talent in the world, but got his knee(s) shredded TWICE, as a bust? I don't think
that's fair. Mandarich, on the other hand, was the choice of Keith Jackson and a LOT of other "savants" for #1 pick... PRECISELY because he was so
incredible in college.
Nobody could argue with picking Jeff George as the #1 bustout ever--though he's not my pick. I think we'd all love to have been there to see his
legendary workout at the combine. Supposedly it was the greatest ever, and all those who saw it were breathless afterward. Blessed with more talent
(that's "arm" talent, of course, not "cerebral" talent) than perhaps any other QB I've ever seen, I think his personality was his big problem, like
But Leaf's was a much bigger problem and would have metastasized its way through any team he played for. With Leaf, people wanted to set back his
life 11 years, and set by American societal standards 50 years, so his father could spend, oh, maybe 2 months in the woodshed with him. Of course,
since he acted like he was to the manor born, I doubt anyone in his family would have had a clue what to do in a woodshed (other than whale on
Lawrence Phillips was a very violent criminal, and has continued that way to the point he now stands accused of three attempted premeditated murders
of teenage boys (that's 3 life sentences, if convicted, and no eligibility to grovel before a parole board--which will laugh at him--for 21 years),
and he's committed HOW many heinous attack on girlfriends, in California? These other guys are punks and mommas' boys who either "only" busted out or
screwed up their teams' chemistry in the process. Lawrence Phillips is a guy who will attack the wrong person one day--e.g., me--and that person will
known his self-defense rights and will shoot Phillips dead, rather than suffering great bodily injury from an attack by Phillips.
Phillips is a hoodlum with delusions of grandeur, and if he goes to prison and takes his attitude along with him, then take the word of this here
longtime criminal appeals lawyer who's dealt with a ton of prisoners: He'll die there, or wish to god he had.
But after what he did at Nebraska, in addition to the fact Osborne should have been fired on the spot (AGAIN) for manipulating things to keep him out
of court and even from being expelled (?!!!!), anyone who drafted him was warned upfront what chances they were taking. So he wasn't a "bustout" in
my way of thinking. Just the inevitable, happening over and over.
Trev Alberts and Tim Couch are reasonable nominees for the biggest bust ever. I wouldn't pick either of them for that "distinction," but I agree that
a reasonable person could.
But Dan Wilkinson? You know, Y.R., HE may be the biggest of all time. And in support of my tip of the cap to you, I offer this fact: I had totally
forgotten him until now.
In fact, let's say this: In a football draft, a QB can be a much bigger bust than anyone else, because a QB is a team's most important player, if he
turns out to be a great one. If the Giants had had a great QB during L.T.'s day, or if the Ravens had had a great QB at the height of Ray Lewis's
skills, the Q.B. would have been the team's MVP... even though those are probably the two greatest defensive players of the past 30 years (no
disrespect meant to you, Jack Lambert).
I guess it's like in Game 7 of the W.S., even if you have Babe Ruth in RF and Willie Mays in CF, if you have Lefty Grove or Sandy Koufax (at his peak)
on the mound, who is your most important player that day? Well, as hard as it is for me to type these words, it ain't Mays and it ain't even Ruth, as
long as Grove or Koufax has his best stuff that day.
Same story with a great QB, don't you think?
This would be a perfect time to tell everyone (i.e., everyone who doesn't know it) about the most awesome clutch pitching peformance in W.S. Game 7
history. The star was Sandy Koufax, the year was 1965, and I think a lot of y'all would love to read it--especially anyone who knows that Koufax's
"peak period" was surely one of the 10 greatest in Live Ball (i.e., REAL) Baseball History.
But I'm not going to misdirect a GREAT thread with a long, GREAT baseball story. So I'll try to post it some other time, or perhaps one of you could
remind me in a few hours or days to post the story. I even have a complete tape of the national broadcast of the game, along with about 15 other
reall famous games (Don Larsen's perfect game; the Phillies/Cubs 23-22 games; Game 7 in 1960 [the Mazeroski game], etc., etc.)
Anyway, I hope a lot of y'all pitch in [groannnn] with your thoughts of great bustouts from the NFL drafts. I simply tracked down a page which had a
list of all the #1 and #2 picks of all time, but I suppose ANY first-round draft choice of all time is fair game here, dontcha think? And MANY of you
know a lot more about football, past and present, than I do. YeahRight seems to know about as much more on football over me, as I do on baseball over
So c'mon, y'all bigtime, longtime NFL fans. Please enlighten the younger guys and this year relative newcomer to the NFL.
[Edited on 4/20/06 by BaseballHistoryNut]