25. JaMarcus Russell (2007)
Who Should’ve Gone No. 1: Marshal Yanda, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, or Joe Thomas
Al Davis was often a sucker for rare athletic traits. JaMarcus Russell allegedly could throw a football 70 yards from his knees. As such, he was pegged to be the team’s franchise quarterback. What Davis didn’t take into account was Russell’s poor work ethic. Russell’s weight ballooned at one point where he was virtually unplayable. There was also a severe inability to connect with his teammates on throws. As a third-year quarterback, Russell connected on only 48.8-percent of his throws. The contract holdout as a rookie completely put Russell behind the proverbial 8-ball. Russell was released after only his third year in the league. He never played professionally again. As such, he’s likely the biggest bust in the history of the NFL.
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