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    The Art Of The NFL Bust

    The Art Of The NFL Bust
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    Dud or Stud...How can you tell and who is the judge???

    With a little under a month until the 2006 NFL draft, every football fan from the most casual to the all-out fanatic is once again prognosticating the outcome of the upcoming draft... Every fan has their list of players they would like to see their team drafting, and the reasons vary from person to person... No matter what their reasoning might be, the hope is that their club doesn’t end up with a player that finds their name on the List Of NFL Draft Busts...Each year there are a number of articles listing the all time draft mistakes and busts... Everyone has their own list, but what makes a bust a bust???

    Is it production alone? Is it playing time? Is it failing to make the team a contender??? Maybe it depends on the position of the player and the round in which they were drafted, combined with how the other players drafted in the same year perform... The only for sure is that each year the list grows longer...

    The Lists

    There are no shortage of lists... For example, The Wikipedia website has an ever growing list of players, to include Joey Harrington, the #3 overall pick in 2002, the ever present Steve Emtman, the #1 overall pick in 1992 by the Indianapolis Colts, and even Eric Crouch, a 3rd round pick selection in 2002 by the St. Louis Rams...

    Still another list, in the hopes of beating everyone else to the punch, predicts future NFL busts prior to their respective draft. Larry Johnson, RB Penn State, now with the Kansas City Chiefs was listed as being not only overrated but only a “solid back”, not a player that will be a “superstar”...

    How can you tell???

    So just what makes a player a bust? And just how long before a player can be judged a bust after being drafted?

    I don’t think there are real answers to these questions and it is very much something that should and is taken on a case by case basis... Crouch is a prime example... He was a third round pick, which is not normally a round in which players are judged as busts, but because of the circumstances around his departure and the fact that he was a Heisman Trophy winner, it adds to the appeal of putting him on some lists almost immediately... Then there is a player like Trent Dilfer, who never may have lived up to his hype, who was the starter on a Superbowl champion team, but was considered a bust for many years prior to that...

    Sometimes it doesn’t fall completely on the player... A player like Joey Harrington could still have a great career, but was thrust into a situation that put the fate of the Detroit Lions on his shoulders as soon as his name was chosen in 2002. Detroit wasn’t exactly filled with talent at the time, but the pressure for the 1st round pick to be the person to pull them out of mediocrity was on... Not every player can end up being Dan Marino or Ben Roethlisberger and take their team to the Superbowl in their 2nd campaign as an NFL quarterback... Even though Harrington has been a starter and put up respectable statistics, he is considered a bust by some. Yet when compared to another #3 pick, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington could retire this very day and have had a better career by far... There is obviously a great deal of flexibility in the criteria people use to decide a bust; both Smith and Harrington find themselves lumped together on most lists...

    I guess in the end, it doesn’t really matter what the criteria is, because like all topics in sports, there is no definitive list and almost all things (besides statistics) are debatable... The draft is kind of like playing the lottery... Every ticket (or pick) is a potential winner until the numbers are released. Not every team has to be a loser and more than one team can win the Jackpot, so here is to picking “lucky numbers”Let your thoughts be heard ???...

    Enjoy the draft everyone, and see if you can tell who this year's "busts" will be... GO ! Ram !
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    Re: The Art Of The NFL Bust

    I agree with most I guess it depends on how one will look or see different things as a player comes into the NFL
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    good points i do feel it depends a lot on round taken plus position of player which depends on how long they have to prove themselves and sometimes if they are even a bust atall,e.g if DLew had been a 3rd round or later pick he wouldnt have been branded a bust!
    another flipside of the coin is that tim couch,ryan leaf and akili smith were taken at the top of round one whilst brady,bulger and hassleback were taken in round 6 the draft is indeed a lottery to a large extent not just now but it seems like its always been like that when you read that deacon jones was taken in round 12-surely the biggest steal in nfl history!

    im getting bust feelings about a few of this years draftees in particular jimmy williams& james allen as we get closer to the draft leonard pope is giving me the jitters also!:smoke:
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    Re: The Art Of The NFL Bust

    Good post, draft position is often a function of expectation. People who don't live up to that expectation get hit with a 'bust' tag.

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    Re: The Art Of The NFL Bust

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    Ya I agree it has alot to do with one's own perception of a player , In all the yrs Ive watched this come down and all the experts talk about what they think most the time its just a guess ... Most NFL team lie about who they are interested in and what a player brings to the team , I have seen many come and go and only a few come in and really make a difference and maintain that quality very few !! Not to say that every one that comes in is not worth coming in or is a bust , any player that come into the NFL has made a statement about how good he is some are just better than others ...
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    Re: The Art Of The NFL Bust

    One name....Clyde Duncan. A classic Big Dead first round pick.

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    Re: The Art Of The NFL Bust

    Some are in it just for the money,instant millionaires.
    They get their three year contract,make all kinds of money and then they just trudge through the commitment and become hangers on.
    One three year contract will set you up for life if your smart with money,talk about a get rich quick scheme.

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    Re: The Art Of The NFL Bust

    Your right my friend its a life time investment ...

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