10 biggest NFL draft busts in Auburn football history

The Auburn football program has produced four first-overall NFL draft picks, but three of them haven't panned out in the league.

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Terry Beasley, WR. Terry Beasley, WR. 8. 42. . . No. 19 overall. Terry Beasley. 1972. player

With a wide receiver, unlike a player in the trenches, the numbers say quite a bit and Beasley didn’t have many. Sure, it was the 70s, so the passing game wasn’t a big deal, but as a first round pick, Beasley caught just one pass for 20 yards as a rookie. 

Beasley only played three injury-plagued seasons in the NFL, all with San Francisco, and he finished his career with 38 catches for 570 yards and three touchdowns. All of his touchdowns came in 1974, his second year in the league. 

Most wide receivers, who end up having disappointing careers, are their most productive in Year 2 because the team forces targets their way to justify the selection. Even in his 13 games that season, Beasley only grabbed 17 passes for 253 yards. In his third and final NFL campaign, he topped both of those totals in just eight games, but injuries ended his career.