Despite having numerous high draft picks in the early 2000s, the Detroit Lions were unable to reverse their fortunes as basement dwellers. Specifically, the Lions failed with their selections of Joey Harrington (3rd overall pick in 2002), Charles Rogers (2nd overall pick in 2003), and Mike Williams (10th overall pick in 2005). As a starting NFL quarterback, Harrington had a pathetic win-loss record of 26-50, but wasn’t a Top 10 Bust (or even an ordinary bust) based on his career totals of approximately 15,000 passing yards and 80 touchdowns. Not quite a Top 10 Bust, Williams receives an Honorable Mention after finishing his career with paltry totals of approximately 130 receptions and 1,500 yards from scrimmage. Unlike these other Lions, Rogers couldn’t escape the countdown. As a former consensus All-American at Michigan State who finished his professional career with fewer than 50 receptions and 500 yards, Rogers deservedly is the #4 NFL Draft Bust.
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?