10 biggest NFL draft busts in Oklahoma football history

Oklahoma has produced plenty of first-round draft picks, and most of them have gone on to have successful careers, but a few underwhelmed in the NFL.

New Orleans Saints tackle Willie Roaf (77) blocks New York Giants DE Cedric Jones
New Orleans Saints tackle Willie Roaf (77) blocks New York Giants DE Cedric Jones / RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports
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. . Elvis Peacock, RB. No. 20 overall. 4. Elvis Peacock. Elvis Peacock, RB. 51. 1978. player

At Oklahoma, Elvis Peacock never got the lion’s share of the carries, but he was hyper-efficient with the ones he did get. In 1975, as Thomas Lott’s backup, Peacock carried the ball 121 times, but averaged 5.7 yards per carry and finished the year with 695 yards and eight touchdowns. That came off the heels of the 1976 season in which he averaged 6.6 yards per carry, so the Los Angeles Rams drafted him 20th overall in 1979. 

Peacock was a backup in a crowded backfield once again and only carried the ball 52 times for 224 yards as the Rams made a run to the Super Bowl before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers. His role increased the next year with 777 yards on 164 carries, but he was still second fiddle in the backfield, so the Rams moved on and Peacock played his final season in Cincinnati. 

After joining the Bengals in 1981, Peacock played just three games and didn’t record a career. His career was over just as it was getting started.