JaMarcus Russell (LSU)
After a stellar collegiate career, many scouts and draft experts thought LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell was one of the most talented draft prospects in recent history. Instead, Russell ended up as one of the biggest draft busts in recent NFL history. As the #1 pick in the 2007 draft, the Raiders rewarded Russell with a $61 million contract. 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. It’s difficult to find any former coaches or teammates who have anything nice to say about Russell — who was infamous for falling asleep in team meetings and showing up to training camp 20+ pounds out of shape.
Since leaving the NFL, Russell fills part of his days as a youth football coach in Mobile, pacing around with more energy and conviction than he ever showed as an NFL quarterback. He doesn’t spend much time on-line but he’s aware of his reputation. He knows that with each NFL draft, his name is trotted out as a cautionary tale.