If you carved a Mount Rushmore of the biggest busts in NFL Draft history, Jamarcus Russell is unquestionably on the short list of people who’d be carved into it. After a stellar collegiate career, many scouts and draft experts thought Russell was one of the most talented draft prospects in recent history. After all, he threw for over 6,600 yards and 52 touchdowns during his three seasons at LSU, earning First-Team All-SEC honors in 2006.
But in 25 games as the starter for the Oakland Raiders, he won only seven of them, completing less than 49% of his passes in 2009, his third (and final) season in the NFL. After trying to return to the league multiple times, Russell gave up the dream. These days he’s the quarterbacks coach at Williamson High School, his alma mater in Alabama.