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"In the NFL, championships can be won or lost on draft day. This quiz focuses on those busts that helped lose them."
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In 1976, the first 2-time Heisman Trophy winner entered the NFL draft. At Ohio State he became the first player to lead the Big Ten in rushing 3 years in a row. Despite those feats, he fell to 24th in the draft. Who was this running back, who failed to rush for 3000 career yards in 7 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals?
In the 7th round of the 1987 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders picked Bo Jackson at #183 overall. At #3 overall, the Houston Oilers did not make such a good pick. This running back lettered four times at Miami, but in the NFL racked up just short of 1200 yards. Who was this player that had a very successful boxing career after retiring from football?
Three of the first four picks in the 1989 NFL Draft were elected into the Hall of Fame. The Green Bay Packers picked this "Incredible Bulk" offensive lineman out of Michigan State. A "Sports Illustrated" article quoted the Giants' player personnel director as saying, "he's the best college football player I've ever seen". Who was this man, cut after only 3 years with Green Bay?
A beneficiary of the University of Houston's famous "Run & Shoot" offense, this quarterback set several NCAA records. He was taken 6th overall by Cincinnati, looking for the eventual replacement for Boomer Esiason. In 24 starts from 1992-1994, he went 4-20. Who was this player, who only played 6 years in the NFL, 4 with Cincinnati and 2 with Oakland?
This Notre Dame alum led the Fighting Irish to a 29-7-1 record under his leadership, including 2 bowl victories. With the #2 pick in the 1993 Draft, Seattle chose him, and things were all downhill from there. After going 20-31 with the Seahawks over 4 years, he played in the 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003 seasons all for different teams. Who was this quarterback, who only won 4 games after leaving Seattle?
Billy Joe Hobert
In this running back's junior year at Penn State, he ran for 1539 yards and 23 touchdowns and finished 2nd in the Heisman voting. He entered the 1995 NFL Draft as an underclassman and the Bengals picked him first overall. In his entire NFL career, he ran for 1144 yards and 20 touchdowns. Who was this back, who was plagued by a torn ligament in his knee suffered in his rookie year?
Half of the 1st-round picks in 1996 made the Pro Bowl, but this running back out of Nebraska failed to make it to the new millennium. His draft stock rose after leading Nebraska in a rout over Florida for the National Championship, but the St. Louis Rams saw little of the potential. Who was this running back, whose drafting prompted St. Louis to trade Jerome Bettis to Pittsburgh, as they no longer had a need for him?
In the 1990s, the Cleveland Browns had only 1 winning season, and with the first pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, they went defensive. This defensive end came into the draft after setting the NCAA career records for sacks (33) and tackles for loss (70). In the NFL, he stacked up only 19 sacks over his 6-year career. Who was this player, who had injury problems in every year of his short career?
At Michigan, this wide receiver caught 152 passes for 2317 yards and 23 touchdowns. Trying to revitalize their passing game, the Chicago Bears drafted him at #8 overall in 2001, and despite the Bears going 13-3 that year, he only had 415 receiving yards for 4 touchdowns. His 5-year NFL career ended with all of his numbers well short of his 3-year college career. Who was this receiver, the first Michigan receiver to have multiple 1000-yard seasons?
Character issues have shortened the promising careers of many NFL players, and this cornerback out of West Virginia was a good example. Drafted by Tennessee at #6 in 2005, he only lasted 2 years on the team before he was suspended for the entire 2007 season by the NFL for off-field issues. Who was this player, who attempted a comeback with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, but was released after the year?
Adam "Pacman" Jones
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