Five NFL Players Who Will Never Live Up to the Hype
NFL: 5 Players Who Will Never Live Up to the Hype
Whether it be incoming rookies or long-time veterans, there are always a lot of players getting hyped coming in to the NFL season. There are many players, for one reason or another, that never live up to this hype and become busts. The league is filled with players who were once considered to be potential stars that never lived up to the billing.
Obviously, there is a flip side to this as well. For example, Calvin Johnson was as hyped as any wide receiver ever after the Detroit Lions selected him with the 2nd overall pick back in 2007. I think it is safe to say that Megatron has lived up to expectations. Back to players who did not live up to the hype, Jamarcus Russell was taken 1st overall in that same draft; sorry Oakland Raiders fans.
Sometimes players do not live up to their hype until later in their careers. In that same 2007 draft, the Buffalo Bills took running back Marshawn Lynch with the 12th overall pick. Lynch was considered to have a great combination of power and speed, and many thought the Bills made a great pick and that Lynch would lead the Buffalo offense for years to come. Well, after three frustrating seasons with the Bills, Lynch was traded to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2010 season. Lynch finally reached his potential with the Seahawks and is now considered one of the top five backs in the NFL.
Guys like Russell, Charles Rogers and other NFL busts who never lived up to their hype are littered throughout the league's history. Obviously, teams never want to find these guys, but it happens. Here are five NFL players who at one time or another were being extremely hyped but now will never live up to those expectations.
Darren McFadden has always been a great talent. McFadden was taken by the Raiders with the 4th overall pick in the 2008 draft. When he was drafted, everyone marveled at the size and speed combination that McFadden possessed. He was an obvious stud in the making. While McFadden has flashed that potential at times in the NFL, he has not lived up to his hype. Mostly due to injuries he is currently looked at as a bust.
With one of the strongest arms in the game, Cutler has always had a ton of hype. While he has put together a decent career, Cutler's attitude has gotten in the way of him becoming an elite quarterback. He was ran out of town by the Denver Broncos when he could not get along with anybody in that organization. Now with the Chicago Bears, Cutler has put together a decent career statistically but has by no means lived up to the hype that was once surrounding him.
Statistically, Geno Smith was great in college for West Virginia. However, I was not impressed by him at WVU. He had great wide receivers with Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey who made him look better than he really was. Smith threw 177 passes at or behind the line of scrimmage in 2012, so while his 71.2 completion percentage is impressive, it is very misleading. Smith benefited from having Austin, who was the best run after catch receiver in the college football. The New York Jets do not have options like that offensively, and with Smith now facing NFL defenses, I do not think he will ever live up to his hype.
Ryan Mathews was selected 12th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 draft. He had great production in college at Fresno State, and while he was not considered to be elite athletically, many thought that Mathews would become a great NFL player. That has not happened yet. Mathews did make the Pro Bowl in 2011, but the rest of his career has been destroyed by injuries. It appears that Mathews is just an injury-prone player, and I do not believe that he will ever reach his full potential in the NFL.
I am not a big fan of Dion Jordan. Yes, he has great physical tools, but I think that the 3rd overall pick from the 2013 draft has bust written all over him. The Miami Dolphins traded up to take Jordan, but I think this was a mistake. While Jordan has great speed, he does not have any pass rushing moves and is terrible against the run. He relies on his talent way too much. Everybody in the NFL is talented, and you must find another way to get an edge to be successful.