The 25 Biggest Busts In NFL History

25. Christian Hackenberg


Granted, New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan badly overrated, and ludicrously reached for, Hackenberg. Regardless, as the 51st pick in 2016, it’s astounding that the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Hackenberg never took a single snap for the Jets.

Gang Green’s hierarchy acknowledged their error on May 22 and sent Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round selection. Approximately three weeks later, Hackenberg was cut by the Raiders. The 23-year-old Hackenberg is a free agent without any known suitors.

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24. Johnny Manziel


Manziel would have been rated higher on this list just one year ago. Fortunately, the 25-year-old Manziel has sought help for his host of problems and he’s seemingly on the upswing as a member of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Still, as the man who the Cleveland Browns took with the 22nd pick in 2014, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Manziel remains a notorious bust.

“Johnny Football,” who completed 57 percent of his attempts for seven touchdowns and 1,675 yards in 14 games as a Brown, was cut by the inept franchise in March 2016. Manziel’s work ethic has been praised by his coaches north of the border and a return to the NFL is seemingly inevitable.

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