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Top 10 Draft Busts Since 1980 - Bruce Clark

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Green Bay Packers Bust #6: Penn State DE/DT Bruce Clark. Drafted No. 4 overall in 1980.

I was set to exclude him from this list at all, despite the fact that he was drafted so high (No. 4 overall) and never played a single down for the Packers. As a player, he wasn't a bust at all and was a quality professional starter for seven seasons, including one Pro Bowl nod. Unfortunately he had those seasons in the CFL and with the New Orleans Saints.

He made the list because Jersey Al changed my mind when he said:

"This selection makes the list not because of the player’s lack of talent, but simply because the Packers got absolutely nothing out of a high first round pick. An inexcusable blunder."

Jersey Al explained that Bart Starr knew Clark didn't want to play nose tackle, as the Packers wanted, but he drafted him anyway. Maybe it was expected of players 30+ years ago to do whatever the team asked of you. But it was also more common 30+ years ago for drafted players to never sign because they had better career options, and didn't want to get permanently injured, in the NFL. And Clark had another choice: go play in the CFL. It's hard to fault Clark in this situation, and this one has to fall squarely on the Packers organization.

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