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.