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.

Tennessee sophomore quarterback Heath Shuler (21)
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Justin Harrell. . 2007. No. 16 Packers. Justin Harrell, DL. Justin Harrell, DL. . 3. player. 49

After being selected No. 16 overall by Green Bay, Harrell was limited during offseason practices by a torn bicep injury he suffered in his final season at Tennessee. He got healthy in time for the season, and signed a six-year contract. 

Harrell, despite being a part of Green Bay’s Super Bowl XLV victory, only played out four years of his contract before he was released ahead of the 2011 season. 

Harrell only played 14 games in his three year career, and missed the entire 2009 season with a back injury, and then in his first game back in Week 1 of 2011, he tore his ACL and missed the rest of that year. 

Injuries nagged Harrell and eventually derailed his career completely. However, he did not produce much when healthy, with just 27 career tackles and no sacks in his 14 games.