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.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams (24)
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Brent Fullwood. No. 4 overall. Brent Fullwood. 4. player. Brent Fullwood. 49. . . 1987

There are plenty of running backs on this list of Auburn draft busts. It’s not just Brown and Williams who didn’t live up to the hype once in the NFL. Fullwood ran for 1,391 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior at Auburn in 1986, finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting, and was selected fourth overall by the Green Bay Packers. 

As a rookie, Fullwood ran for 274 yards and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. In 1988, Green Bay increased Fullwood’s involvement in the passing game and he caught 20 passes for 128 yards, but only ran the ball 101 times despite averaging 4.8 yards per carry. 

In 1989, Fullwood racked up 841 rushing yards and 214 yards through the air, for his only season with over 1,000 all-purpose yards. He was named an alternate to the Pro Bowl, but only played one more season in the NFL, split between Green Bay and Cleveland. He was traded to the Browns for a seventh-round pick, returned six kicks for Cleveland, never touched the ball out of the backfield, and was out of the league after just four seasons.