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Top 10 Draft Busts Since 1980 - John Michels

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Green Bay Packers Bust #8: LT John Michels. Drafted No. 27 overall in 1996. Looking back at all the knee injuries he had during his career with the Packers, I started to second guess whether he truly deserved to be labeled as a bust. But my memories of him when he did play were so awful.

He was a surprise and a reach when he was selected in 1996. The Packers had a desperate need at left tackle, where veteran LT Ken Ruettgers was at the end of the line due to age and injuries. It wasn't a surprise that the Packers drafted a left tackle, but Michels was an unlikely pick.

While he was listed at 6-7 and 300 lbs. he never looked that big. He was constantly overwhelmed by bull rushes. He was named the starter in 1996 and 1997, but he lost the job both times and a torn ACL ended his 1998 season before it began. In 1999, he was shipped off for another bust, Eagles DE Jon Harris, who never played for the Packers.

When you combine the poor play, the glaring need at the position, and that they had to use another 1st round pick in 1997 on OL Ross Verba to make up for drafting him the year before, he makes a memorable bust.

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