10 biggest NFL draft busts in Tennessee football history

The Tennessee Volunteers have produced many legendary players into the NFL, but a few early draft picks had careers that didn't pan out after leaving Knoxville.

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Anthony Hancock, WR. 4. 124. Anthony Hancock. . player. 1982. No. 11 overall. . Anthony Hancock, WR

The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to provide Patrick Mahomes with some new wide receivers in the early rounds of the 2023 NFL draft, but back in 1982, they were looking to pair Hancock with Bill Kenney. 

The Chiefs could have used a quarterback upgrade, but Hancock also didn’t do much to help Kenny’s career. Hancock caught just seven passes over nine games in Year 1 and finished with 116 yards and a touchdown. 

Back in the 1980s, many receivers took a year or two to adjust to the NFL game, so his second season was going to be much more important. The target volume increased and Hancock caught 37 passes for 584 yards and one score. It was a step in the right direction but was followed by two steps back. 

Hancock regressed in 1984 with 10 catches and over the final three years of his five-year career in Kansas City he only caught 29 passes. His career ended after 1986, his age 26 season.