At the conclusion of his junior season at West Virginia, Joe Alexander led the Mountaineers to better-than-expected finishes in both the Big East and NCAA tournaments. Peaking at the right time, he went from relative obscurity to a lottery pick in a matter or weeks. As the 8th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2008 Draft, Alexander fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. Unfortunately, his dream was short-lived because he was out of the league after scoring fewer than 300 points in 67 games. In retrospect, he likely peaked too soon because his professional career might have been much different with another year to develop in college. Due to his inability to play in the NBA, Alexander has been selected as the #7 NBA Draft Bust.
Any way you look at it, 1981 #6 overall pick Rich Campbell failed miserably as a professional quarterback. During his four-year NFL career, Campbell threw for a total of 386 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. Based on his poor performances in mop-up duties or as an injury replacement, the Packers never trusted him enough to start even one game. The former Cal star likely would have failed as a starter, but the problem is that we’ll never know. In his honor, I established the Rich Campbell Exemption for players who never received a fair chance to compete on the field. Campbell avoided being declared a Top 10 Bust, but couldn’t escape the stigma of an Honorable Mention.
As a follow-up to the first ever T10B Mock Draft, I offer my initial assessment of the top 10 overall picks from the 2017 NFL Draft. After all, these players are the only ones drafted high enough to become Top 10 Busts. As of now, I predict that the top of this draft has the potential to be one of the worst ever. At the same time, this might be one of the deepest drafts ever. Don’t be surprised if many later-round picks surpass the careers of the players highlighted in this post.