Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 4/16/13
The NFL Draft is a gamble. Teams owning the first pick hope to grab that one player to help turn their franchise around. Some players work out and that top overall pick helps return a team to the playoffs while other players bust and a franchise that’s already struggling continues to spiral downward.The modern NFL draft began in 1936, when the Chicago Bears made University of Chicago running back Jay Berwanger the first-ever pick. It didn’t work out as Berwanger decided not the play professional football - a move not uncommon in those days among college stars. Berwanger was the first “bust” of the NFL draft and later regretted not accepting the Bears’ salary offer of $13,500 per year. He worked at a rubber company and coached part-time at his college alma mater after railing to make the U.S. Olympic team in the decathlon.Sometimes teams do get it right and find that superstar for which they were hoping. As far as the latest top picks, it’s still too early to tell whether Indianapoli...
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