It is probably too soon to be definitive as to whether any of the 2014 NFL draft picks are busts, but for some the evidence doesn’t look great. Rightly or wrongly, the window for acclimation for these rookies is very small. In particular if you are a high draft pick, the expectation is that you will be ready to play at a high level sooner rather than later.
Obviously this varies by team, but as we’ve seen in recent years, every team is hoping to get a quick turnaround from their investment when it comes to high draft picks. This was certainly the case for the 2014 NFL draft. Teams reach for prospects to fill needs and overlook concerns with talent, and when the experiment doesn’t work, the player looks like a bust.
You can’t blame the player for being a bust. They don’t get to pick where they are drafted. Sometimes these guys are selected too soon, pushed into starting roles too soon or wedged into poor scheme fits. Here are the five guys from the 2014 NFL draft that are on the verge of being busts if they can’t turn things around this year.
At player data and stats courtesy of NFL.com.