10 NFL Busts

Akili Smith

University of Oregon quarterback Akili Smith was drafted in 1999 with the third overall pick, and was paid a $10.5 million signing bonus by the Cincinnati Bengals. Things turned sour right away. The Bengals lost nine of Smith's first 10 starts. He held a spot on the team for four seasons -- though he started just one game in each of his final two -- before drifting to the Packers and the Buccaneers for similarly unimpressive stints. Smith totaled just five touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his NFL career. He briefly retired before returning in the European league and the Canadian Football League. He was released soon after and permanently retired in October 2007.

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