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No. 7 Bengals draft bust of all-time: Archie Griffin

We You literally couldn't do more than what Archie Griffin did in a college career, but his career in the NFL left a lot to be desired.

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Archie Griffin will go down as one of the best running backs in Ohio State history, posting more than 4,700 yards rushing in his final three seasons with 23 rushing touchdowns. Griffin is famously known as the only player in the history of college football to win two Heisman trophies. He also won two Big Ten MVP awards, was a two-time Walter Camp Foundation top player of the year, and the Maxwell Award winner in 1975. Griffin is also only one of two players ever to start in four Rose Bowl games. His number, 45, was retired by the Buckeyes. He's enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, the Varsity Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

You literally couldn't do more than what Archie Griffin did in a college career, even if you rode into battle and sliced through the Orcs of Middle Earth, the Darkspawn of Ferelden, The Trollocs of Two Rivers or the Munchkins of Oz. (What? They freak me out).

The 1975 Cincinnati Bengals sported a running back roster of Boobie Clark, Stan Fritts and Lenvil Elliot that combined for 1,277 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns -- Fritts and Elliot combined for another five touchdowns receiving. So the Bengals selected Oklahoma wide receiver Billy Brooks with their 11th overall selection in the 1976 NFL Draft. Brooks would go on to have a very quiet career, in the sense that no one would really take notice of him (bust too, really). In four seasons with the Bengals, Brooks caught 93 passes for 1,683 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. 

Selected 24th overall in the same draft, Griffin scored only seven touchdowns in his seven-year NFL career (all with Cincinnati), without scoring a touchdown through four consecutive seasons and never leading the Bengals in rushing during any season. Griffin's career-year came in 1979, compiling 688 yards rushing in '79.

There are times when the word bust can incite obvious negativity. That's not always the case. In the technical-sense of this argument, a player with a great college career drafted in the first round can still be a bust; be it because of injury (ala David Pollack, Ki-Jana Carter) or the inability to surpass players on the depth chart. Griffin had a tremendous college career, was drafted in the first round and never played anywhere close to the production level he had in college.