10 biggest NFL draft busts in Clemson football history

With the season over, players are declaring for the NFL draft, but these are a few cautionary tales of Tigers who went to the NFL and it didn't quite work out.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) tackled by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) tackled by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Clemson Sammy Watkins. 16. . 2014. . Sammy Watkins, WR. 8. player. No. 4 overall. Sammy Watkins, WR

It’s a bit hard to say that Sammy Watkins is a total bust because, in his second NFL season, he put up 1,047 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on just 60 catches, but he didn’t maintain that level of production. 

He was nagged by injuries after a breakout 2015 season and never surpassed 700 receiving yards in a season after that year. Watkins bounced around and actually won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019, but didn’t deliver on the draft capital that Buffalo invested with the fourth overall pick.