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Top 10 Can't-Miss Prospects Who Missed
1. Tony Mandarich
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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"You're not supposed to be as strong as I am. You're not supposed to be as fast as I am. You're not supposed to be as good as I am." - Tony Mandarich, 1989

Apparently, no one is, including Tony Mandarich himself.  Mandarich was the most dominating offensive lineman in college football history.  His size was unbelievable.  His workout stats were unreal - Bench press: 39 repetitions at 225 pounds, 40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds.

Mandarich was such a can't miss prospect that he was drafted before Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, and Derrick Thomas.  Some believe the Cowboys made a colossal error in drafting Troy Aikman over him.  He was too good to be true.

Unfortunately, he was just that.  After holding out for all of training camp before the Packers agreed to sign him to a $4.4 million, 4-year contract, the first offensive lineman to make seven figures a season, but certainly not the first to earn it.  

Mandarich developed a severe addiction to painkillers after leaving steroids behind in college for fear of being caught by the NFL. The Packers didn't let Mandarich onto the field in his final season in Green Bay, after which Mandarich didn't sign with any team and became a full time junkie.  In 1996 Mandarich came back for a respectable three-year stint with the Colts, but was never the superstar he was supposed to be.

Top 10 Can't-Miss Prospects Who Missed

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