After being selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Emmanuel Sanders spent his first two seasons being rarely used, and averaging only 325 yards per season during that span.
Things improved in 2012 though, when he totaled 626 yards receiving and scored a touchdown. The following season was a solid one as well, but Pittsburgh simply did not view him as a difference-maker, and subsequently let him walk in free agency.
His shedding of the ‘bust’ label began to take full effect once the Denver Broncos signed him to fill the shows of the recently departed Eric Decker. Many viewed the switch as a downgrade, but Sanders made his mark with a season that saw him total over 1,400 receiving yards, and eventually a 2016 Super Bowl championship.