By Connor Fulton @ConnorFultonRS on August 11, 2014
August is an exciting month for everyone in the football world. However, some players are feeling the summer heat more than others, and that doesn’t just include players on the bubble. Here are five recent first-round picks who are awfully close to earning bust status.
The No. 3 overall pick from the 2013 draft had a rocky rookie season, posting just two sacks. To make matters worse, Jordan faces a four-game suspension at the beginning of this season for testing positive for banned stimulants. If he doesn’t show something in the final 12 games of 2014, Jordan could be in dire straits.
A career 3.3 yards per carry average is pretty lackluster for a third overall pick. However, Richardson can steer clear of bust status by taking advantage of a largely empty Indianapolis Colts backfield with Vick Ballard out for the season and Ahmad Bradshaw approaching 30.
Already under indefinite suspension by the NFL, Blackmon was arrested for a third time this summer. His 2013 season was cut short by yet another previous suspension for breaking the league’s personal conduct policy. He may be talented, but until he gets on the field — and stays there — Blackmon has to be considered a bust candidate.
It’s one thing to be a 30-year-old quarterback with a career 71.8 rating. It’s another thing to be a 30-year-old quarterback with a career 71.8 rating having played only two seasons. Unless Tony Romo gets injured and Weeden actually wins some games for the Dallas Cowboys, he’ll be viewed as a bust sooner rather than later.
Just how badly did Gabbert play last week against the Baltimore Ravens? Well, his quarterback rating (1.7) was lower than the number of years he’s been in the league (3). He was considered one of the worst starting quarterbacks during his tenure in Jacksonville, and now he has to be regarded as one of the worst backups.
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