6 of the Biggest NFL Draft Busts

Immediately after this year’s Super Bowl, all 32 National Football League teams will start preparations for the 2014-2015 season. Some players on current rosters will become free agents while others will retire, giving general managers and coaches an idea of what the positions of need will be in the upcoming draft in May. Scouts have been closely following the careers of collegiate players in hopes of finding the next Adrian Petersons, Calvin Johnsons, and Tom Bradys of the world.

Although drafting quality athletes with the right physical and mental tools to “make it” in the pros is always a big challenge, sports analysts do their best to project the most valuable college players who could likely become big stars. Sometimes, they’re right; other times, they completely miss the mark. Teams that covet their first-round pick can often come away with a complete dud.

Here are six of the biggest draft busts in recent NFL history.

6. Aaron Curry

In the 2009 draft, the Seattle Seahawks thought they had their dominant linebacker of the future in Aaron Curry. They took him fourth overall out of Wake Forest and paid him $34 million guaranteed, which is the most for a non-quarterback in NFL history. But only two years later, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft. After being waived by the Raiders, Curry signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants in 2013. He was cut in training camp and decided to retire from professional football altogether in August.