10 biggest NFL draft busts in Penn State football history

Penn State has produced plenty of top draft picks in the NFL, they just haven't always panned out in the league. Olu Fashanu and Chop Robinson don't want to end up on this list after their NFL careers.

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. 1960. 58. Richie Lucas. Richie Lucas, QB. 6. No. 4 overall. . Richie Lucas, QB. player

Richie Lucas is an interesting case for this list. The College Football Hall of Famer played three ways at Penn State, quarterback, defensive back, and punter, and finished second in Heisman voting in 1959, but his NFL career didn’t pan out, in large part because he chose the AFL. 

Washington drafted Lucas, but instead, he signed with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL to become the franchise’s first player. So, Washington got no return on their first-round pick in 1960, and Buffalo only kept Lucas for two underwhelming seasons. 

Lucas was acquired by Denver in 1962 through the equalization draft, but never played for the Broncos.