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April 23, 1989

With the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Packers select one of the biggest busts in NFL history in Michigan State offensive lineman Tony Mandarich. The other four top-five picks – quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Barry Sanders, linebacker Derrick Thomas and cornerback Deion Sanders – are all in the Hall of Fame.

Proclaimed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the best offensive line prospect of all-time, Mandarich got off to a bad start with a lengthy holdout as a rookie, and things never got better. After three subpar seasons, he was cut by Green Bay, and many years later he admitted his physique was the result of steroid use.

After more than two years away from the game to deal with alcohol and drug-addition issues, Mandarich returned to the NFL in 1996 with the Indianapolis Colts, and he started all 16 games in 1997. He retired in 1998 due to a shoulder injury.
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