The Worst NFL Draft Busts Since 2000 To Remind You Things Could Be Worse

For every franchise-defining player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, there are even more busts. Players whose name sends fans into fits of rage the mere second they’re said. In other words, for every Peyton Manning, there is a Ryan Leaf and a Tim Couch. No scouting department is perfect, and the following draft busts of the last 20 years definitely got some general managers fired. It’s crazy to think that the Jaguars drafted Justin Blackmon and Blaine Gabbert in back-to-back years!

Paxton Lynch

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John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

When the Denver Broncos traded up in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the team thought they had finally found their successor to Peyton Manning. They couldn’t have been more wrong. Since being drafted, Lynch never became the starter, ultimately losing the job to seventh-round draft pick Trevor Siemian.

Helping derail Paxton Lynch’s career were a number of shoulder injuries. Just getting onto the practice field has been an issue. And when Lynch has had the chance to play, he’s been less than impressive, completing only 61 percent of his passes. With the addition of Case Keenum in the offseason, Lynch is now firmly entrenched as a first-round draft bust in Denver.