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Biggest NFL Draft bust: JaMarcus Russell or Todd Marinovich?
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The NFL Draft is the start of many athletes' careers, but for some, it's the beginning of unmet expectations. There have been many busts in league history, and we at The Tylt want to know who you think was the biggest one! In this matchup, we have JaMarcus Russell and Todd Marinovich. Russell failed to be the Raiders' savior at No. 1 overall. Marinovich cracked under the pressure of his father's designs. Who was the bigger bust? 🏈

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Biggest NFL Draft bust: JaMarcus Russell or Todd Marinovich?
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The NFL is usually a place where dreams come true. However, once the dream comes true, many NFL players can't deliver on the expectations experts put on them. Whether it is cracking under the pressure, injury problems and just plain bad play, some high NFL draft picks wash out of the league unceremoniously. With the NFL Draft upon us, we at The Tylt want to know who you think the biggest bust was in league history. This matchup features JaMarcus Russell and Todd Marinovich.

Russell opened with a first-round victory against burned out unanimous All-American Trent Richardson. Marinovich made it out of his first-round matchup against Akili Smith. Who was the bigger disappointment?

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JaMarcus Russell, a cannon-armed quarterback from LSU, was selected No. 1 overall by the Oakland Raiders to jump-start a floundering franchise. However, his lack of development set the team back even further.

Here is Aaron Dodson from The Undefeated with more:

Oakland ultimately selected the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Russell No. 1 overall in the 2007 NFL draft. It was a decision that seemed like a no-brainer to everyone except then-first-year Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin, who had his sights set on future Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson for the top pick. Yet, at the urging of owner Al Davis, the Raiders went with the player many assumed to be their future franchise quarterback. A huge red flag, however, arose when Russell missed training camp because of a contract holdout before eventually inking the richest rookie deal in NFL history — worth as much as $68 million over six years, with $32 million guaranteed — two weeks into the 2007 regular season. Russell played in only four games, while making just one start, as a rookie. During his second year in the NFL, he started 15 games for the Raiders despite losing Kiffin, whom Davis fired a month into the 2008 regular season. Russell’s third NFL season began with him reporting to training camp weighing 305 pounds and ended with him on the bench, having won only two games in nine starts.
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Marinovich was basically raised to be an NFL quarterback by a father who made building his son into a pro football player his life's work. While Marinovich made it to the professional level, that pressure broke him before he could do anything with his talent.

Here is Raymond St. Martin of Silver and Black Pride with more:

The second coming of "The Snake", the "Chosen One" or the QB who would bing the "Raider Swagger" back were how each of us saw Todd Marinovich when he was selected out of USC with the 24th pick in 1991. Unfortunately football wasn't his own passion, but, probably that of his father who pushed him to be an elite quarterback when his son may have just been happier painting, surfing and smoking ganga at a drum circle in Venice or San Diego...

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Known for being a drug addict and playing high many times, Todd only played in 8 games, going 3-5, with 8 TDs and 9 INTs. All of that for 2.25 million dollars.
FINAL RESULTS
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Biggest NFL Draft bust: JaMarcus Russell or Todd Marinovich?
A festive crown for the winner
#RussellFTL
#MarinovichFTL