With the NFL Draft this weekend, let's take a look at the worst draft pick in history. It was between this quarterback and Peyton Manning in the 1998 NFL Draft. Unsurprisingly, Manning went no. 1 in that draft and this guy went no. 2. That man... is Ryan Leaf.
Formerly of the Washington State Cougars, Leaf was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. An episode of NFL Top 10 rated Leaf as the biggest draft bust and with good reason. A career touchdown-interception ratio of 14 to 36 along with a completion percentage below 50% (48.4) doesn't help Leaf. Then there's this.
According to his teammates, Leaf was notorious for alienating his teammates and had a terrible work ethic. An example of this is when Leaf would play golf instead of studying game film. After just three full seasons, Leaf became practice squad fodder, bouncing around with teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks.
Unfortunately, Leaf's life took a turn for the worst. Leaf was sentenced to ten years probation for drug-related charges. A couple years later, Leaf plead guilty to burglary and drug possession charges in Montana and broke into a home to take prescription drugs in Montana five years later.
It's always unfortunate to hear the Ryan Leaf story. A player who had the whole world watching, only to fall apart at the seams. This is especially true when the other quarterback in that draft was Peyton Manning. Leaf has and will always be the biggest draft bust in NFL history.
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