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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Clyde Duncan. . No. 17 overall. Clyde Duncan, WR. 32. . 1984. Clyde Duncan, WR. 2. player

Clyde Duncan was a teammate of Anthony Hancock’s while at Tennessee and he was taken in the first round two years after Hancock was. The St. Louis Cardinals grabbed Duncan after his 1983 season in Knoxville with 640 yards on 33 catches. 

Duncan’s career got off to a delayed start because of a contract dispute with St. Lous. After finally agreeing on a deal in September, Duncan separated his shoulder and fell out of favor with the coaching staff. 

Duncan didn’t catch a single pass in 1984 and in his second year he only grabbed four passes for 39 yards. He was primarily used as a kick returner, returning 28 kicks for 550 yards, an average of 19.6 yards, but that was not enough for St. Louis to keep him on the roster. 

After two frustrating years, Duncan was released and picked up by Cleveland. He never played a game for the Browns and ended his career with four receptions.