Biggest NFL Draft bust: JaMarcus Russell or Trent Richardson?
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Biggest NFL Draft bust: JaMarcus Russell or Trent Richardson?

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The NFL Draft is the start of many athletes' careers but, for some, it's the beginning of unmet expectations. There have been many busts in league history, and we at The Tylt want to know who you think was the biggest one! In this matchup, we have Ryan Leaf and Charles Rogers. JaMarcus Russell failed to be the Raiders' savior at No. 1 overall. Trent Richardson couldn't translate his bruising running style to the NFL. Who was the bigger bust? 🏈

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The NFL is usually a place where dreams come true. However, once the dream comes true, many NFL players can't deliver on the expectations experts put on them. Whether it is cracking under the pressure, injury problems and just plain bad play, some high NFL draft picks wash out of the league unceremoniously. With the NFL Draft upon us, we at The Tylt want to know who you think the biggest bust was in league history. Let your voice be heard!

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JaMarcus Russell, a cannon-armed quarterback from LSU, was selected No. 1 overall by the Oakland Raiders to jump-start a floundering franchise. However, his lack of development set the team back even further.

Here is Aaron Dodson from The Undefeated with more:

Oakland ultimately selected the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Russell No. 1 overall in the 2007 NFL draft. It was a decision that seemed like a no-brainer to everyone except then-first-year Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin, who had his sights set on future Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson for the top pick. Yet, at the urging of owner Al Davis, the Raiders went with the player many assumed to be their future franchise quarterback. A huge red flag, however, arose when Russell missed training camp because of a contract holdout before eventually inking the richest rookie deal in NFL history — worth as much as $68 million over six years, with $32 million guaranteed — two weeks into the 2007 regular season. Russell played in only four games, while making just one start, as a rookie. During his second year in the NFL, he started 15 games for the Raiders despite losing Kiffin, whom Davis fired a month into the 2008 regular season. Russell’s third NFL season began with him reporting to training camp weighing 305 pounds and ended with him on the bench, having won only two games in nine starts.

After being the featured back for the 2011 national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, expectations for Richardson were sky high. Succeeding under the scornful eye of Nick Saban is usually a good barometer of future success in the NFL. Still, Richardson never lived up to the expectations pegged to his No. 3 overall pick.

Here is Erik Lambert of NFL Mocks with more:

Though he had a decent rookie season, it was apparent early on that he had problems both with vision and conditioning. Soon enough both reared their ugly heads. Within four years Richardson would be out of football, having managed just 2,032 yards rushing total. Less than 300 yards more than his 2011 season at Alabama.
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