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. 3 Offensive Linemen Rusty Russell and Calvin Stephens

Offensive linemen are not often thought of as NFL Draft busts, but former Gamecocks Rusty Russell (drafted Round 3, Pick 4; 60th overall in the 1984 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles) and Calvin Stephens (drafted Round 3, Pick 1; 56th overall in the 1991 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots) could qualify.

Russell never even played in the NFL, an awful outcome for a 3rd round pick. Stephens played just one year with the Patriots before his career ended. Both Russell and Stephens were wasted picks by their organizations despite relatively high expectations.

Two Pro Bowl offensive linemen were taken after Russell, including 3-time Super Bowl champ Guy McIntyre who was taken later in the same 3rd round. A Pro Bowl big fella was picked after Stephens, as well, as borderline Hall of Famer (and 3-time Super Bowl champ) Erik Williams was picked later in the 3rd round.