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. 2 Tight End Willie Scott

Willie Scott (drafted Round 1, Pick 14; 14th overall in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs) was one of the best tight ends in Gamecock history. He parlayed his career in garnet and black into being the second Gamecock taken in the 1st round of the 1981 NFL Draft (after Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers). He was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 14th pick.

Scott stayed in the NFL for 8 seasons, and that fact alone almost moved him off of this list. However, Scott tallied just 766 yards in his 8-year career, averaging less than 1 catch and fewer than 10 yards per game played. He only put up over 72 yards in a season twice despite starting 42 games in his career.

Because he was a 1st round pick, the Chiefs (and, later, the New England Patriots) expected more production from the big tight end. Pro Bowl tight end Hoby Brenner was taken in the 3rd round of the '81 draft by the New Orleans Saints and played alongside Scott's college teammate Rogers.