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Draft Busts : An NFL Team's worst nightmare

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When the National Football League first decided to draft college players in 1936, it was always a possibility that a player would not meet the expectations that the team had set for the draftee. These players that don’t play up to potential, are now commonly known as draft busts. Bigger draft busts tend to happen in the first couple of rounds of the nine round draft because the bar is set much higher for these top picks than it is for the latter picks. These players often sign big contracts and don’t pan out as players, getting cut from the team or not playing much time on the field. This hurts the team financially, and economically, when thinking of opportunity costs. After the players still have the money, and frequently get into trouble with the law with offenses dealing with drugs, or other illegal activities. However, not every draft bust breaks the law; some have other career paths as football analysts, or get away from football completely and find other jobs outside sports. Back when the Raiders were in Los Angeles in the 1990s, the organization drafted Todd Marinovich with the 24th overall pick in the draft. Marinovich signed a 3 year, $2.25 million dollar contract, which by today’s standards is low, but in 1991, the average NFL player was making $422,149 which was an all-time high at the time. (Baltimore Sun) Before Marinovich was drafted, he spent his two-season college career with the University of Southern California as a Trojan. He redshirted the season on 1988, and was going to be a back up for the 1989 season after he disappointed at spring practices. Marinovich caught a lucky break for his career when the first string quarterback Pat O’Hara, suffered an injury was to be sidelined. Marinovich became the first start... ... middle of paper ... ...NS-CONTRACT-REPORTS-TO-RAIDERS-CAMP.html?pg=all>. Martinez, Jose. "The 25 Worst NFL Contracts of All Time." Complex.com. N.p., 4 Sept. 2013. Web. 24 May 2014. . "NFL.com Draft 1991 - NFL Draft History: Full Draft Year." NFL.com. NFL, n.d. Web. 24 May 2014. . "NFL.com Draft 2007 - NFL Draft History: Full Draft Year." NFL.com. NFL, n.d. Web. 24 May 2014. . "Players." JaMarcus Russell: Game Logs at NFL.com. NFL, n.d. Web. 24 May 2014. . "Players." Todd Marinovich: Game Logs at NFL.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2014. .
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