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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

The Mandarich Misstep


Like Tom Brady last week, the pick for worst offensive draft pick ever is an easy one for me. In 1989 the Green Bay Packers selected Tony Mandarich with the second overall selection.

Manadarich, a mammoth offensive tackle from Michigan State, was taken ahead of Hall of Famer's Barry Sanders and Derrick Thomas, and ahead of well-known cornerback Deion Sanders. Mandarich went on to become one of the biggest busts in NFL history, especially after it was revealed that he was a steroids user.

Taken behind Troy Aikman, to be sandwiched in between three Hall of Fame players and to become a bust, there's no doubt that it was the worst pick in draft history.

By Shawn Zobel  |  March 30, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  | Category:  Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I agree completely, Shawn.

It isn't just that the Packers missed with Mandarich.

It's that they missed in a draft which had the best "top four" of any draft in NFL history.

Not only were three great players -- who were clearly thought so at the time -- still available, but two of them -- Barry and Deion -- went on to become among the best players at their positions.

When taking stabs at worst draft picks, you have to consider what was known at the time and what options the team seriously had. And the Packers whiffed big-time.

Posted by: bloom111 | April 1, 2009 7:52 AM

Yes, Mandarich was an epically bad choice. Vinny Testaverde (he became a solid journeyman QB, but remember he was drafted #1 overall with a huge amount of hype) and Ricky Williams are also contenders.

Posted by: tracker2 | April 1, 2009 11:43 AM

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