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Top 10 Draft Busts Since 1980 - Brian Brohm

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Green Bay Packers Bust #9: QB Brian Brohm. Drafted No. 56 overall in 2008. Just so you know, this list isn't GM Ted Thompson's Top 10 draft busts, though the first two have started out that way. The good news for him is that this is his last one.

Brohm is the only one of my Top 10 busts who wasn't drafted in the 1st round, and not a lot was expected of him since QB Aaron Rodgers was already named the starter. But anytime a quarterback fails, it adds a bit more sting to it. Plus, he was supposed to be this NFL ready player, having stayed in college for his senior season, and spending years being tutored by his ex-NFL quarterback brother. 

Instead Brohm wasn't even close to ready, and was beaten out for the backup job by an equally unprepared rookie. While Matt Flynn has shown improvement throughout every training camp, and from year-to-year, Brohm didn't show any improvement, and he was released after training camp. It's a rare feat for a non-injured 2nd round pick to be released after one season for the Packers. He did end up on the Packers practice squad for a few weeks, but that doesn't change the fact that he was released and he went unclaimed to get there.

While I still had hopes for him, he's proven in two seasons with the Bills that he didn't deserve them. His stats were awful when he was given a chance, and his actual performance might have been even worse, as his completions were largely from checkdown and dump-off passes. His accuracy down field was always awful, and part of it might have to do with his high release point. Why is the ball practically over his head? Because he might only be 5-11 according to Bill Barnwell so he had to stretch to throw it over the line. 

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