The 2017 NFL Draft is right around the corner and keep in mind, there’s no such thing as a perfect prospect. Even the highest graded player could stumble once they get in the NFL. Scheme issues, injury, and becoming filthy rich are a few things that could trip up a prospect.
We’ll hear analysts and scouts talk about ceilings and floors. We’ll hear them talk about can’t miss players and safe players. And we’ll no doubt hear them talk about a prospects bust factor. When it comes to scouting and drafting a player, nothing is 100% certain.
The bust factor for 1st round players is much higher than you’d imagine, so picking a “biggest bust of all time” for each franchise isn’t as easy as you’d think.
When looking at the biggest bust of the Chicago Bears, a franchise with only 5 postseason appearances in the last 25 years, we have a lot to choose from.
ESPN recently asked their NFL beat writers of all 32 teams, to select the biggest bust of each team. Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson saw it like this,
RB Cedric Benson | No. 4 overall, 2005
How much time do you have? The options here are endless, but we'll go with Benson, who lasted only three seasons in Chicago before being cut in the 2008 offseason after a string of off-the-field incidents. The Bears wanted Benson to replace veteran tailback Thomas Jones, but Benson struggled in the lead role in 2007, rushing for only 674 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and four touchdowns.
To be fair, Benson has plenty of company. The Bears also whiffed on first-round picks Curtis Enis, Cade McNown, David Terrell, Michael Haynes, Chris Williams, Gabe Carimi and Shea McClellin -- and that's just since 1998! The jury is also out on Kyle Fuller and Kevin White, but both are trending in the wrong direction. It's no wonder the Bears have reached the playoffs only five times since Mike Ditka left in 1992.
I’d lean towards Cade McNown being a bigger bust than Benson.
During his two years with the Bears, he completed 54.6% of his passes, for 3,111 yards, with 16 touchdowns, 19 interceptions, and a 67.7 passer rating.
I’d have Michael Haynes up there as well.
What do you guys think, who is the biggest bust in Chicago?
Also, In case you missed it...
ESPN named Cedric Benson the biggest Bears draft bust since '79.— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) April 13, 2017
Cedric spoke with me about that very thing:https://t.co/HzKJltZTFj