10 Rookies Who Look Like Busts

By Alex Kurpeski

In the NFL community, we love to spring the word “bust” on a player prematurely. Though this article is dedicated to singling out busts from this year’s rookie class, I’m aware that my analysis may sound a bit hasty. At the end of the day, our motto here at 3CoSports is “Entertain. Inform. Win.” for a reason. While we hope to accomplish all three with every piece we publish, our primary goal is to entertain, which we hope this piece will do. 

 

Jonathan Taylor

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Taylor was expected to become an immediate contributor for this Colts team, especially after Marlon Mack tore his ACL in week one. While he hasn’t been terrible, Taylor has seen his touches redistributed to Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines in recent weeks due to his ineffectiveness on the ground. 

Considering how excellent he was during his time with Wisconsin, Taylor has been an utter disappointment at the NFL level thus far. He’s yet to display the tackle shredding ability that made him a star for the Badgers, while looking overwhelmed on shotgun sets, failing to see the gaps his offensive line has created for him on numerous occasions. It’s not too late for Taylor to turn things around, but the clock is ticking. 

 

Henry Ruggs

Ruggs was universally believed to be the biggest bust candidate from this class, a premonition that he has delivered upon thus far. A speed freak with some impressive agility and strength for his size, Ruggs has yet to assert himself as anything other than a deep threat for the Raiders’ offense. At this rate, it won’t be long before we hear the name John Ross mentioned in the same breath as Ruggs’. 

 

Cam Akers

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I wrote a bit about Akers in a piece published a couple of days ago. While his struggles have been excusable, he’s falling further and further behind fellow back Darrell Henderson every week. Those who drafted Akers with the hope that he would be an RB1 would probably call him a bust at this point. 

 

Jalen Reagor

Reagor has yet to deliver as a first-round pick, failing to stay healthy while also struggling to get open. The Eagles’ stale playcalling does him very few favors, as Reagor is rarely given a chance to demonstrate his strengths as a player. Like Ruggs, Reagor’s excellent workout numbers have yet to translate at the NFL level. 

 

A.J Dillon

Dillon doesn’t seem like he’s ready to be a starting running back next season, which leads me to believe that the Packers will bring back Aaron Jones, effectively burying the B.C product for the rest of his rookie deal. 

 

Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Vaughn was supposed to be the starter for Tampa Bay. Instead, he’s fallen to the bottom of the team’s depth chart and missed more games as a healthy scratch than he’s played. It doesn’t look good for the Vanderbilt product. 

 

Devin Asiasi & Dalton Keene

Both drafted in the third round of this year’s draft, neither Asiasi nor Keene has caught a pass for the Patriots this season.

 

Lynn Bowden

It’s never a good sign when a team trades you only a few months after drafting you in the third round. Bowden is toast. 

 

Bryan Edwards

Like Ruggs and Bowden, Edwards is another member of the Raiders’ 2020 draft class who has failed to seize the opportunities presented to him. 

 

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