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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Rickey Dixon. . 1988. 2. No. 5 overall. Rickey Dixon, DB. player. . Rickey Dixon, DB. 56

A consensus All-American and national champion at Oklahoma, Dixon was a surefire first-round pick in the 1988 NFL Draft. The Bengals ultimately took a swing on Dixon at No. 5 overall. 

Dixon was moved around in the defensive backfield and his rookie year culminated in a Super Bowl XXIII loss to the 49ers, though Dixon primarily played special teams during that run. In Year 2 he started all 16 games at free safety and finished the season with three interceptions, though that would be the only season of his six-year NFL career as a full-time starter. 

After 1989, Dixon went back to playing a lot of special teams and backed up safeties Barney Bussey and David Fulcher in 1990. Dixon was eventually traded to the LA Raiders for the 1993 season but played just nine games there before his career was over. 

Dixon ended his six years in the NFL with just 32 starts and six interceptions, but he did not live up to his draft pedigree at all.