3 Biggest draft busts in Wisconsin football history

With a lot of Wisconsin football greats, who are some of the busts in the NFL?

Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Rob Havenstein (78), and Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin (25) hold up the Big 10 West Division championship trophy.
Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Rob Havenstein (78), and Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin (25) hold up the Big 10 West Division championship trophy. / Rick Wood / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Round 1, Pick 11. 31. Ron Dayne. player. Wisconsin football busts. Ron Dayne. 1. . Running Back.

Ron Dayne won the 1999 Heisman Trophy award at Wisconsin. He was also the Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year, Consensus All-American, Maxwell Award Winner, AP Player of the Year, and Walter Camp Player of the Year. He had at least 1,200 rushing yards each season with the Badgers, even eclipsing 1,834 in his senior season. Dayne was made to be a star in the NFL, however he was anything but.

Dayne was drafted by the New York Giants in the 200 NFL Draft and was meant to help this team to a Super Bowl. However, while he played every game in each of his first three seasons with the Giants, he only started four in his rookie season, seven in his second season, and one in his third season. He never had more than 10 touchdowns in a season and never had more than 800 rushing yards.

After four seasons with the Giants, Dayne went to Denver in 2005 where he didn't start a single game and only saw action in 10 games. With the Broncos, Dayne had only 270 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Dayne finished his career with Houston and he did better there than he did with Denver and his last few years in New York, but it was too late. Dayne only played two years with the Texans and never quite lived up to the hype of what his NFL career could have been.

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