The SEC is one of the best conferences in college football, but it has its fair share of NFL busts. There have been a plenty of busts from the SEC since 2000, and many players just missed out. But, we needed to narrow it down and have selected the six worst. Only first round rounders qualified, with higher draft picks getting more consideration. With that in mind, here are the The 6 Biggest SEC Draft Busts Since 2000:
6. Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
Better known as Cadillac Williams, the Auburn running back was the No. 5 pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2005 Draft. Williams had a promising start, winning Rookie of the Year after racking up 1,178 yards and six scores. After regressing the next season, Williams was plagued by injuries and was never the same player. He never reached 1,000 yards again. The Bucs let him walk after 2010, and the Rams added him. He backed up Steven Jackson for one season and was then out of the league after just six seasons.
5. Dewayne Robertson, DT, Kentucky
The New York Jets took Robertson with the No. 4 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Robertson lasted six seasons in the NFL, but failed to provide the impact expected for the No. 4 pick. He had just 16 sacks in his NFL career, spending all but one season with the Jets. New York dealt him to the Broncos, who gave Robertson a five-year deal worth $24 million. Robertson lasted just one year with Denver before he was out of the league.
4. Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina
Williamson was the No. 7 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, who planned to pair him with Randy Moss. Williamson struggled with the Vikings, catching 79 passes for 1,067 yards and 3 TDs in three years with the team. The Vikings then dealt him to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth round pick. Williamson lasted just two seasons with the Jags and only played in 10 games. His drop issues meant he was out of the league after just five years.
3. Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
Harvey tore things up at Florida, and the Jaguars took him with No. 8 pick in the 2008 Draft. Harvey held out before signing and was a complete disaster for the Jags. He had 3.5 sacks his rookie year, the most in his career. He lasted just three years with Jacksonville, recording eight sacks. The Broncos gave him a chance, but Harvey had two tackles and no sacks in five games. He lasted just four seasons in the NFL.
2. Johnathan Sullivan, DT, Georgia
The New Orleans Saints took Sullivan with the No. 6 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He was awful for the Saints, recording just 1.5 sacks in 36 games, 16 of which he started. The team dealt him to the Patriots after the 2005 season, but he never played a snap for them. Oh, the Saints also gave up two first rounders to move up and snag Sullivan. Oops.
1. JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
Who else was going to take this spot? Russell might just be the biggest draft bust in NFL history. The Raiders took him No. 1 overall, but only got 31 games out of him. He held out before his rookie season and started just one game. He was okay his second season before the wheel fell off in his third and final year. Russell battled weight issues and finished his career with more picks than touchdowns. Russell is the definition of a bust.Back to the NFL Newsfeed