Shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL Draft, I offered my initial impressions of the first 10 overall picks. At that time, I commented that seven of those players raised red flags as potential underperformers. Out of those seven, I identified three as the most likely busts. Out of those three, I identified one as the most likely Top 10 Bust. Without further ado, I offer you Mitch “My Mom calls me Mitchell” Trubisky.
Matt Leinart was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 10th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. Many experts projected that he would have been the #1 pick had he chosen to enter the draft after winning the Heisman Trophy as a junior, but he decided to stay at USC for his final year. Leinart’s senior stats were impressive, but he was overshadowed by the spectacular running of teammate Reggie Bush and ultimately dropped in the draft relative to initial projections. With an 8-10 record as a starter, Leinart threw for over 4,000 yards with 15 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his NFL career. While his on-field performance wasn’t as bad as you might remember, his well-documented off-field activities probably changed your impression of him. Hey Johnny Football, are you listening?