Draft bust in the NFL has been a common theme with top draft picks that were highly touted coming into the league, because they never just seemed to get used to the strength and speed of the NFL.
I feel like the next up to be labeled a bust by the NFL is Ryan Mathews who is coming into his third year. Matthews hasn’t really done anything in his NFL career then have glimpses of what he can be in the early part of the 2011 season.
Mathews, out of Fresno state was the 12th pick of the 2010 draft. San Diego Chargers made a trade up from 28 to the 12th pick by trading away 4 total draft picks and a player in Tim Dobbins. Chargers traded up and made this pick of Mathews having hope that he can replace arguably one of the greatest chargers of all time Ladainian Tomlinson. Matthews had everything you would want in the running back position from great speed around the corner, to great vision in and out of holes.
Most coaches give a top 15 pick three years to prove they got it right. Reasons for most of the players becoming bust and falling out the NFL are because of injuries and repeated amounts of bad plays.
Mathews has done a bit of both. He has gotten injured his first two years, were he has never played a whole year. And he has a very bad habit of fumbling the ball. Fumbling the ball nine times in his first couple years.
So coming into his third season with a lot of pressure to live up to the high draft prospect.. he gets hurt on his first carry of the pre season game against Packers on Thursday. Mathews broke his clavicle, and according to head coach Norv Turner he will be out for 4-6 weeks, causing him to miss the first couple games of the regular season. Bad luck? you can say that, but it doesn’t help take the bust label off of him. Lets say it is bad luck and we won’t knock him for the injury, he still needed the preseason and practice to get into a groove before the start of the regular season. This will cause him to already start the year off on a bad note. He’ll take a couple of weeks to get back in the swing of things and then it will almost be half way through the year, giving him the second half of the season to prove he is worth it.
Now there have been players in the past that have been labeled bust after three years, but have shown the NFL they’re here to play. One of these players is Cedric Benson.
Benson was the fourth pick of the 2005 draft by the Chicago Bears. After three years of not doing anything to help the team he was cut and signed with the Bengals. He signed with the team for four years, and had at least 1000 rushing yards in the past three seasons with the team.
Mathews can easily be a bust for the rest of this year and come back next year as offensive player of the year and be a MVP candidate, but what im trying to say is he needs to start stepping up now or the pressure from the fans and coaching staff might be too much for him to handle.
Is this Ryan Mathews last year to avoid getting the “bust” label?
Written by Navid Khoi