Recent NFL Combine Stars Who Were NFL Busts

Max Staley
Justin Gilbert had a great NFL Combine, but was a bust at the next level.
Justin Gilbert had a great NFL Combine, but was a bust at the next level. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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The NFL Combine is a fun annual event but it's not always indicative of future success. While there are plenty of players who have performed well and gone on to enjoy successful careers, there are quite a few workout warriors who never turned that athleticism into production at the next level.

With that in mind, here are three players that were NFL Combine stars who ultimately became busts in the pros.

1. Stephen Hill, 2012 NFL Combine

Stephen Hill had an incredible performance at the 2012 NFL Combine.
Stephen Hill had an incredible performance at the 2012 NFL Combine. / Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Stephen Hill was an absolute monster at the 2012 NFL Combine. The WR boasted a 6-foot-4 frame, and somehow managed to run a 4.30 40-yard dash. That helped him draw comparisons to Calvin Johnson, a fellow Georgia Tech alumnus. Needless to say, Hill's career did not turn out like Johnson's. He never caught more than 24 passes in a single season.

2. Justin Gilbert, 2014 NFL Combinee

Justin Gilbert runs with the ball.
Justin Gilbert runs with the ball. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Justin Gilbert looked like a physical freak at the 2014 NFL Combine. He was the fastest corner in the class (4.37 40-yard dash), but he wasn't just all about speed, as his 20 bench press reps tied him for third among corners. That performance helped Gilbert become the No. 8 overall pick in the Draft that year by the Cleveland Browns. He only started three games over two years in Cleveland.

3. Jake Locker, 2011 NFL Combine

Jake Locker drops back to pass.
Jake Locker drops back to pass. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

Historically, the quarterback position has been more about accuracy, precision and being calm under pressure than raw athleticism. But when a QB has an eye-popping performance, it's hard for NFL scouts to not take notice. And Jake Locker did just that in 2011. With a 4.59 40-yard dash, he was tied for the third-fastest QB in the class (with Cam Newton), trailing only Tyrod Taylor and Colin Kaepernick. He also had the best time in the 3-cone drill, and finished third among QBs in the 20-yard shuttle. Locker would go on to become the No. 8 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, though he retired after playing four NFL seasons. He started a combined 23 games during that span.


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