Biggest NFL Draft bust: Todd Marinovich or Akili Smith?
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Biggest NFL Draft bust: Todd Marinovich or Akili Smith?

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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 Todd Marinovich and Akili Smith. Marinovich cracked under the pressure of his destiny. Smith couldn't translate his college success to production in the league. 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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Marinovich was basically raised to be an NFL quarterback by a father who made building his son into a pro football player his life's work. While Marinovich made it to the professional level, that pressure broke him before he could do anything with his talent.

Here is Raymond St. Martin of Silver and Black Pride with more:

The second coming of "The Snake", the "Chosen One" or the QB who would bing the "Raider Swagger" back were how each of us saw Todd Marinovich when he was selected out of USC with the 24th pick in 1991. Unfortunately football wasn't his own passion, but, probably that of his father who pushed him to be an elite quarterback when his son may have just been happier painting, surfing and smoking ganga at a drum circle in Venice or San Diego...

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Known for being a drug addict and playing high many times, Todd only played in 8 games, going 3-5, with 8 TDs and 9 INTs. All of that for 2.25 million dollars.

Before JaMarcus Russell, Akili Smith was supposed to be the big-armed quarterback to turn the Bengals' fortunes around. Although there flashes of brilliance in college, he was unable to deliver as a No. 3 overall pick.

Here is Josh Kirkendall of Cincy Jungle with more:

As his first act as quarterback, Smith held out with a contract dispute (so much for quiet offseason) missing most of the 1999 Training Camp. From 1999-2002, Smith started 17 games, recorded a 3-14 record, completing only 46.6% of his passes, five touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a career quarterback rating of 52.8.

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During his second season (2000), the Bengals benched him.
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