Saturday, March 26, 2011
Gholston, Cousineau make Kiper's bust list
By Tim Graham
In a column for ESPN Insider, draft institution Mel Kiper listed the 40 biggest non-quarterback busts since he put out his first draft guide in 1978.
Five AFC East picks made the cut. Here they are along with Kiper's comment:
- Linebacker Tom Cousineau, Bills, first overall in 1979: "He was kind of an undersized guy, even in 1979, and his career didn't match his work in Columbus."
- Running back Sammie Smith, Dolphins, ninth overall in 1989: "Smith played with a bruising style for FSU but wasn't explosive enough in the NFL."
- Tackle Mike Williams, Bills, fourth overall in 2002: "An absolute mammoth at 370-plus pounds, Williams got starts but never lived up."
- Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, Jets, fourth overall 2004: "Only 16 sacks in his career for a guy we thought would really penetrate and be a menace."
- Outside linebacker Vernon Gholston, Jets, sixth overall in 2008: "Finally time to call it what it is. Amazing physical skills, but not even Rex Ryan could save him."