10 biggest NFL draft busts in Texas football history

There have been 46 Texas Longhorns taken in the first round of the NFL draft, with more to come, but these are the 10 players who were the most disappointing in the league.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young (10)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young (10) / Robert Smith / The Leaf-Chronicle
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1982. Kenneth Sims, DE. Kenneth Sims. . Kenneth Sims, DE. player. No. 1 overall. 2. 47.

The No. 1 overall pick is a pretty serious investment. It’s the ultimate prize that every bad team hopes for, but the Patriots completely botched it in 1982. 

Had it been a year later, John Elway would have been a Patriot, but the 1982 draft did not have a sure-fire quarterback prospect, so the Patriots opted to draft a defensive stud. Sims had dominated at Texas and was twice a Consensus All-American defensive end. 

As a rookie, Sims only played nine games and recorded three sacks. The next season, he started just two games and played in five. He was nagged by injury but finally had a breakthrough in the 1985 season with 5.5 sacks, but he missed the run to the Super Bowl because of a broken leg. 

Luck was certainly a factor for Sims, but even when he was healthy, he did not dominate in the NFL as he did in Austin. He didn’t even come close.