South Carolina Football: Top-5 (Bottom-5?) NFL Draft busts in Gamecock history

South Carolina football has had a handful of NFL Draft busts in its history. Here are the top-5 (bottom-5?) plus some honorable mentions.

Former South Carolina football receiver Troy Williamson dropping a pass when he played for the Minnesota Vikings.
Former South Carolina football receiver Troy Williamson dropping a pass when he played for the Minnesota Vikings. / James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Football's Top-5 All-Time NFL Draft Busts
No. 4 Wide Receiver Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards (drafted Round 3, Pick 17; 81st overall in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders) is the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in South Carolina football history, and his body and skill set seemed tailor-made for him to be an excellent NFL wide receiver. With 6'4" height and a 40-time in the 4.4s, Edwards seemed like a great pick in the 3rd round by the Raiders.

Edwards immediately was given a lot of playing time, and adding to the pressure of being a rookie, he was one of the picks from the Khalil Mack trade that lit up the NFL world two offseasons prior. Edwards struggled as a rookie but then had a nice 2nd season.

However, there was talk much of the next offseason that the Raiders wanted to trade Edwards because they viewed his production in 2021 as being higher than what he consistently could deliver at the NFL level. They dealt him to the Falcons, and the Raiders' hypothesis was proven correct as Edwards caught just 3 more passes for his career, cementing his status as an NFL Draft bust.