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. 1 Wide Receiver Troy Williamson

Troy Williamson (drafted Round 1, Pick 7; 7th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by Minnesota Vikings) was viewed as a big reach when the Vikings picked him in the '05 draft, and the questions around the selection proved to be well-founded.

The Vikings' front office was convinced Williamson could be the Randy Moss replacement they coveted so much as the South Carolina product was pretty tall (6'2") and ran one of the fastest 40-yard dash times of any player in the NFL (4.32 seconds).

He wasn't.

Williamson struggled to catch the ball, something that puts a damper on a wide receiver's production. He lasted just five years in the NFL with the Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars and caught just 1131 yards worth of passes and 4 touchdowns.

With Pro Bowlers like Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, and Jerome Mathis all taken after Williamson, the 7th overall pick has to be viewed as a major bust.

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