The most infamous NFL draft busts in history: Where are they now?No American sport’s can’t-miss prospects are closer to unemployment than those of the NFL. They might be jobless after the wrong injury, off-field troubles or just a handful of games of uninspired play. For some, this fall from the ranks of the world’s best football players can land them at rock bottom. We’re talking prison, drug addiction or both. But others manage just fine. Because they fall back on and succeed in second and third careers, often by cashing in on their brief time in the NFL’s limelight. Here’s what some of the most infamous NFL draft busts are up to these days.
JaMarcus Russell, Then
As a redshirt junior at LSU, Russell was named to the All-SEC first team, completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,129 yards, 28 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. The Oakland Raiders took him first overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, before the selections of Calvin Johnson and Joe Thomas, who have a combined 13 All-Pro teams between them.