Michigan's Great Track Record: Only One NFL Draft Bust?

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 1st, 2017 at 11:31 AM

With the NFL Draft Combine taking place this week, there's been a lot of talk about the all-time biggest NFL Draft busts.

Unlike a certain other B1G school in our state, I would argue that Michigan's track record in NOT producing NFL Draft busts is pretty darn good. If you draft a Wolverine, there's an excellent chance he'll have a career at or above his draft spot.

I would argue that there's only been one true NFL Draft bust from U-M: Trezelle Jenkins. He was drafted in the first round in 1995 (31st overall), but only appeared in nine NFL games over three seasons.

Aside from that, our NFL Draft record is excellent. So rest assured, NFL: If you take any of the 14 guys at the combine, you'll get what you draft for.


The Maizer

March 1st, 2017 at 11:35 AM ^

This would be much more compelling with some data or evidence to support it rather than just pointing out one bust. You say the track record is great, but present no pieces of that track record.


March 1st, 2017 at 12:01 PM ^

Working from memory:

The first two busts that came to mind are Terrell and Braylon.

Desmond didn't exactly perform to expectations.

How many running backs disappointed?  I can't recall where Jamie Morris was drafted, but his NFL career didn't match up to his Michigan career.

Anthony Thomas won Offensive Rookie of the year as I recall, but I'm not sure he did much after that.

The QBs all seemed to have careers that matched where they were selected.


March 1st, 2017 at 2:23 PM ^

I get the argument for him being a bust as a receiver prospect, but as an NFL football player with a Super Bowl MVP there is no way you can call Desmond a bust. He is forever enshrined in a club of the elite of the elite. 44 players in NFL history can call themselves Super Bowl MVPs. Desmond had a significantly long career and was the best player in the ultimate game. We have had our busts but I will never consider Desmond to be one.

MI Expat NY

March 1st, 2017 at 2:55 PM ^

There are certainly non-elite players that have a super bowl MVP award.  Desmond, as much as I love him, was a draft bust.  He was a very high draft pick that did not pan out for the team that drafted him.  He hung around the league at a position which teams rarely dedicate their best players.  Yes, he was a very good return man, and yes, there is value there.  But draft busts are measured based on value expected when a team drafts him.  Desmond doesn't measure up in that regard.  


March 1st, 2017 at 1:59 PM ^

yeah, but he won that for one exciting, game-changing kickoff return. He was the 4th overall pick in the draft but never caught more than 40 passes in a single season. Desmond went multiple seasons without ever catching a pass. You could get that level of special teams success with guys like Eddie Drummond, who was an undrafted free agent. 


March 1st, 2017 at 1:19 PM ^

You could make the argument that Desmond didn't live up to the hype for a guy taken 4th overall in the draft, but he still had a 10 year NFL career and was a great special teams player.  Having a hard time calling him a bust.

Jamie Morris got drafted in the 4th round and managed to hang in the NFL for 3 seasons, but didn't do much.  Expectations were pretty modest for him coming out of college as I recall.  Any hype around him seemed centered around speculation as to whether he could equal the performance of his older brother Joe.  Again, hard to call him a bust.


MI Expat NY

March 1st, 2017 at 2:13 PM ^

Bust status is largely dependent on draft selection.  A top 5 draft pick has to be a key player for the team that drafted him to avoid being a bust.  A guy towards the end of the first round has to be a reasonably good player.  Anyone third round or below can't fairly be labeled a bust.


March 1st, 2017 at 2:37 PM ^

Desmond did have his own signature shoe with Reebok around the time he signed with Oakland. I can't think of too many players from Michigan that had their own signature shoe. The only ones that come to mind are Webber and Brady. Fab Five doesn't count because they wore Huaraches and Barkleys (all black fab five "colorway").