WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The biggest NFL Draft busts ever

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JaMarcus Russell before getting in shape in 2013. YouTube

Ending up on this list is the worst case scenario for any player who enters the NFL Draft.

No one wants to be the next Ryan Leaf.

But while a few of the biggest NFL Draft busts ever have fallen on hard times, many are actually thriving in second careers.

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title=”Ryan Leaf was picked No. 2 overall by the Chargers in 1998.”
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title=”Leaf spent two years in jail in Montana on burglary and drug charges before being released in 2014.”
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title=”Now he lives in Kentucky and works as a college football analyst for Fox Sports.”
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title=”Cade McNown was picked No. 12 overall by the Bears in 1999.”
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title=”Now McNown is vice president of Lourd Capital Management, an independent investment advisory and financial planning firm.”
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title=”JaMarcus Russell was picked No. 1 overall by the Raiders in 2007.”
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title=”After losing 51 pounds in a comeback attempt in 2013, he’s still trying sign with an NFL team. He also appeared in a Dish Network commercial in 2014.”
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title=”Akili Smith was picked No. 3 overall by the Bengals in 1999.”
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title=”Now he coaches high school football in La Jolla, CA and runs football camps.”
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title=”Jake Locker was picked No. 8 overall by the Titans in 2011.”
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title=”Locker retired in 2015, citing a lack of desire to keep playing. He told the Seattle Times he wants to spend more time with his family and remodel his house.”
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title=”Curtis Enis was picked No. 5 overall by the Bears in 1998.”
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title=”After four years coaching high school football in Ohio, Enis resigned from the job in 2014.”
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title=”David Klingler was picked No. 6 overall by the Bengals in 1992.”
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title=”Now Klinger is an associate professor of Bible Exposition at the Dallas Theological Seminary.”
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title=”Peter Warrick was picked No. 4 overall by the Bengals in 2000.”
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title=”Now Warrick is a wide receivers coach at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia.”
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title=”Ki-Jana Carter was picked No. 1 overall by the Bengals in 1995.”
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title=”Now he runs a green energy company called ByoGlobe, and he wants to get into TV.”
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title=”Brian Bosworth was picked by the Seahawks in the 1987 Supplemental Draft.”
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title=”He had legal issues after leaving the NFL in 2005. He was issued arrest warrants four times in 18 months in 2012 and 2013.”
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title=”Blair Thomas was picked No. 2 overall by the Jets in 1990.”
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title=”Bryant is out of the league after failing to revive his career following a 2005 suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He most recently popped up in an Arizona-based training facility video in 2012.”
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title=”Now Carr is out of the league, but has helped his younger brother, Derek, quarterback of the Raiders, prepare for the NFL.”
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