2007: JaMarcus Russell, QB, Oakland Raiders
Possibly the biggest draft bust in NFL history, former quarterback JaMarcus Russell was a train wreck from the moment he walked across the stage at the NFL draft. As the 1st-overall pick in the 2007 draft, the Raiders rewarded Russell with a $61 million contract. As soon as Russell got his first taste of NFL money, he let himself go, gaining more than 30 pounds in the offseason.
Rather than accepting blame for his poor play, Russell claimed “the game wasn’t fun for me” and even went as far as blaming teammates saying “I’m not the one who gave up 42 points on defense.” Russell played in 25 games for the Raiders, throwing 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. After just three seasons, he was out of the NFL at the age of 24.