Green Bay Packers Drafted: Tony Mandarich (1989)
It’s one thing to take a player who lives in infamy as one of the biggest draft busts of all time, but it’s an entirely different — and much worse — matter when you take said bust and miss out on the guy who would become one of the greatest players in NFL history. In the 1989 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected offensive tackle Tony Mandarich, who everyone believed would be a generational player in the NFL.
Could Have Drafted: Barry Sanders
But the generational player was taken one pick after Mandarich: that would be running back Barry Sanders, taken by the Detroit Lions. Mandarich went down as an admitted user of Steroids, while Sanders went down as one of the five greatest running backs in NFL history.