The Biggest Busts In NFL History (page 2)
Charles Rogers was drafted second overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2003 draft. His first two seasons were shortened by injury. Before the start of the 2005 season, Rogers was suspended by the NFL for his third violation of the substance abuse policy. He was released by the next season and continued to struggle with substance abuse.
The third pick of the 1999 draft, Akili Smith started only 17 games in his four years with the Cincinnati Bengals. Here’s a fun fact: the Bengals passed up the New Orleans Saints’ offer of nine draft picks in exchange for the third pick of the draft, as the Bengals were set on taking Smith with the selection.
One of the central figures who helped lay the foundation for the Factory of Sadness, Courtney Brown was the first overall pick in the 2000 draft by the Cleveland Browns. Brown had a productive rookie season (70 tackles, 4.5 sacks). He battled injuries for the remainder of his career and ended his career in Denver in 2005.