No. 1 Draft Bust: Craig “Buster” Davis, wide receiver (2007, first round)
A three-year starter for LSU, Davis’ career in the NFL is a peculiar one. Following a solid, but not spectacular senior season in Baton Rouge (56 catches, 836 yards, four touchdowns) he was selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
What followed was perhaps the most lackluster performance by any Chargers first-round pick since the Leaf disaster in 1998. While I am sure that Buster Davis (no relation to Sammy) is probably a nice guy, his NFL career was anything but. After a rookie campaign where he started in only one game and accrued one touchdown, it was pretty much downhill from there.
His second season in the league was cut short due to injuries and in his third year with the Bolts, he only appeared in one game although he did accrue six catches. His final campaign with the then-San Diego Chargers in 2010 was his best year in the league when he accounted for 259 receiving yards and one score.
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Sometimes I do wonder though what the Chargers saw in Davis during their prep for the 2007 NFL Draft. In total, there were 34 receivers picked in that draft and somehow the Chargers decided that Davis would make the most sense for them at the end of the first round. While this pick was not as earth-shattering as the Leaf decision, it is still a perplexing one.