What is a bust?

I have read many articles and talked to many people and there is one discussion I always find interesting and that is the term “bust” in the NFL. 


Below I have addressed different versions of the word bust and later will give my version of what a bust is. 

1.   A bust is somebody taken in the first round that doesn’t contribute the first year.

2.   A top ten pick that doesn’t make an immediate impact.

3.   Somebody with a lot of hype around them that doesn’t meet expectations.

4.   A player taken in the first 3 rounds that hasn’t earned a starting role after 3 years.

5.   A first round pick that doesn’t show any progress after his first year.


These are just a few examples of what some would call a bust.  There are also many other factors such as the position they play or the role a player was drafted for.


I personally believe that before a player can be considered a bust he must have at least 2 years in the league, be a below average player, and show little to no signs of getting better.  That of course doesn’t apply to people taken after round three, I just hope they contribute after 2 years.


I don’t believe that just because somebody comes into the league with a lot of hype and can’t live up to those expectations they earn the “Bust” label.  If that is the case many will consider Berry a bust if he isn’t in the running for rookie of the year or a trip to the pro bowl.  I would love to think that Berry has the ability to do both those things but with all the media hype around him I just hope people don’t expect it.  We had another player fall into that category in the past and that was Glenn Dorsey.  I know it has been discussed on this sight in the past so I won’t get too deep into it but many people outside the Chiefs community still consider him a bust. 


So I was just wondering if anybody else had an opinion as to what they would consider a bust. 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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