Published On: Sat, Aug 12th, 2017

Aguayo among biggest busts in NFL draft history

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For the price of a third-round draft pick, a fourth-round draft pick, and the 59th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers received just 22 made field goals on 31 attempts from kicker Roberto Aguayo.

Rather than watch Aguayo struggle through a second season, the Bucs waived the kicker on Saturday, bringing an end to his tenure with the team after 16 regular-season games and five preseason contests.


The bold move by general manager Jason Licht blew up in his face and now resides among the biggest draft busts in league history.

Aguayo now joins the annals with other such familiar names:

Trent Richardson, No. 3 pick – 2012

Richardson sent his position back five years with his brief stay in the NFL.

After Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went 1-2 to start the 2012 NFL Draft, the Browns thought they had their running back of the future in Richardson. He did well enough for himself in his rookie year, falling 50 yards short of a 1,000-yard season and adding 11 touchdowns. He was shipped out of Cleveland the next season, however, after just two games.

After two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, he didn’t play another regular-season game.

He’ll best be known for this:

JaMarcus Russell, No. 1 pick – 2007

The year 2007 was a rough one to draft a quarterback, and the Oakland Raiders selected JaMarcus Russell first overall.

Russell enjoyed a stellar college career at LSU, but bottomed out in the pros after three years in which he battled inaccuracy and weight problems.

He’s also best known for his association with a concoction of cough syrup with codeine, called Purple Drank.

Charles Rogers, No. 2 pick- 2003

Under the Matt Millen regime, the Detroit Lions drafted a wide receiver with their first-round pick in three consecutive drafts from 2003-05. The first of which was Rogers, a 6-foot-3 wideout taken second overall.

Rogers played in 15 games total and his best season came in his rookie year when he produced 22 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns. He was out of the league by 2006.

The player taken with the pick after Rogers was Andre Johnson, a potential Hall of Famer.

Ryan Leaf, No. 2 pick – 1998

It was between Leaf and Peyton Manning. The Indianapolis Colts chose Manning and the San Diego Chargers were happy to select Leaf with the second overall pick.

What they received was an arrogant, boorish, and narcissistic young man, and those are just his words.

He went 4-14 under center in three seasons (one of which was sapped by injury) and threw 13 touchdowns against 33 interceptions.

What’s he best known for?

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