While at Michigan State, Mandarich was referred to as “the best offensive line prospect ever. He was a consensus All-American and a two time Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. With that sterling resume, the Green Bay Packers didn’t hesitate to pick him with the second overall pick in 1989.
Mandarich never lived up to the lofty expectations placed on him. He started his career with a lengthy holdout that wasn’t resolved until a week before the season began, and was cut by the Packers just 3 seasons later. He is the only player taken in the top 5 of the 1989 draft not to make it into the Hall of Fame. In retirement, Mandarich runs a multimedia business, has written a memoir about his struggles, and was sued by his former girlfriend for posting photos of her on the internet.