The 2017 NFL Draft started Thursday in Philadelphia and is sure to feature many Big Ten stars finding out where their professional careers will begin. Programs such as Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are among the top schools in the nation at producing NFL talent.
Not all of them become NFL stars.
Whether it is injuries, a miss by scouts on their evaluation or other matters, not all college stars and high draft picks find success in the NFL. Which players have been the worst NFL draft picks from their school, based on a combination of when in the draft they were selected and how productive they were?
Here’s a list of the biggest draft busts in NFL history from Michigan. Enjoy, Buckeyes and Spartans fans.
10. Marlin Jackson, Indianapolis Colts (No. 29, 2005)
Marlin Jackson spent five seasons with the Colts and started a total of 32 games. He only played in 11 games the last two seasons because of injuries, then signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Another injury — a torn Achilles tendon — ended the defensive back’s career.
9. Desmond Howard, Washington Redskins (No. 4, 1992)
Desmond Howard won the Heisman Trophy and gained extra fame for mimicking the trophy after a punt return against Ohio State. His NFL career did not quite go as well.
He did win Super Bowl MVP in 1996 and made the Pro Bowl in 2000, but both were for his prowess as a return man. Teams don’t draft return specialists with the No. 4 pick in the draft. They draft future No. 1 wide receivers. Howard caught 123 passes in 10 seasons and was a full-time starter for just one season.
8. Jarrod Bunch, New York Giants (No. 27, 1991)
Selecting a fullback in the first round was something that still happened in the early 1990s. Jerome Bettis played some fullback at Notre Dame, and he worked out pretty well. Jarrod Bunch did not.
He had 501 rushing yards in his second season, but only 128 in the other three years of his career combined. Bunch spent three years with the Giants, one with the Raiders and then was out of football.
7. Michael Taylor, New York Jets (No. 20, 1972)
Michael Taylor, a linebacker, was out of the NFL after two seasons with the Jets. He started eight games during those two years and had a single interception. He spent the 1974 season with the Detroit Wheels in the World Football League, and then his professional football career was over.
6. Jim Pace, San Francisco 49ers, (No. 8, 1958)
Jim Pace was a first-team All American selection and MVP of the Big Ten in 1957. He played one season for the 49ers, running for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns. Later he played a handful of years in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
5. Paul Seymour, Buffalo Bills (No. 7, 1973)
Paul Seymour started for five seasons with the Bills at tight end, catching a total of 62 passes. Three went for touchdowns. Buffalo thought about converting him into an offensive lineman, but kept him at tight end.
They also tried to trade him to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he failed a physical and was returned to the Bills. That’s not exactly good value for a top-10 pick.
4. Tim Biakabutuka, Carolina Panthers (No. 8, 1996)
College football broadcasting legend Keith Jackson seemed to enjoy saying Tim Biakabutuka’s name, but there wasn’t much to say about his NFL career. Biakabutuka spent six seasons with the Panthers. He never played in more than 12 games and never ran for more than 718 yards. He fumbled 10 times and scored 9 touchdowns in his final three seasons.
3. David Terrell, Chicago Bears (No. 8, 2001)
Michigan has had four wide receivers selected in the first round since the AFL-NFL merger. They made one Pro Bowl (as a receiver) between them. David Terrell spent four seasons with the Bears, but only one as a full-time starter. He played one game in 2005 for the Denver Broncos and tried to make NFL teams in 2007 and 2009, but could not.
2. Chris Perry, Cincinnati Bengals (No. 26, 2004)
Chris Perry spent four seasons with the Bengals and ran for a total of 606 yards. He did have 51 catches in his second year while playing mostly as a third-down back behind Rudi Johnson. He started a total of nine games in four years before the Bengals cut him.
1. Trezelle Jenkins, Kansas City Chiefs (No. 31, 1995)
Trezelle Jenkins started one game in the NFL. That’s not nearly enough from a first-round pick. He played in nine games for the Chiefs over three seasons, then tried to make two other NFL teams during training camp and failed. He also didn’t make the cut at San Francisco’s camp in 2000. That would be the San Francisco Demons, of the XFL.