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Biggest NFL Draft bust: Ryan Leaf or Tony Mandarich?

The NFL Draft is the start of many athletes' careers but, for some, it's the beginning of unmet expectations. There have been many busts in league history, and we at The Tylt want to know who you think was the biggest one! In this matchup, we have Ryan Leaf and Tony Mandarich. Leaf was taken just one spot after Peyton Manning in 1998, but only lasted four years in the NFL. Mandarich was supposed to be the best offensive lineman ever, but drug problems caught up with him. Who was the bigger bust? 🏈

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The NFL is usually a place where dreams come true. However, once the dream fades and reality comes into focus, many NFL players can't deliver on the expectations experts put on them. Whether it is cracking under the pressure, injury problems and just plain bad play, some high NFL draft picks wash out of the league unceremoniously. With the NFL Draft upon us, we at The Tylt want to know who you think the biggest bust was in league history. This semifinal matchup features the emotionally explosive Ryan Leaf and Tony Mandarich.

Ryan Leaf opened with a first-round victory against washed out wide receiver Charles Rogers. Tony Mandarich survived his first-round matchup against Lawrence Phillips, getting 51.7 percent of the votes. Who was the bigger disappointment?

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People legitimately thought Leaf was going to be as good, if not better than Peyton Manning. That was a thing in 1998. Obviously, Leaf's career went a little differently.

Here is James Parziale of Fox Sports on why Ryan Leaf is the NFL's biggest bust:

Remember when there was a debate about him or Peyton Manning? It didn’t take long for the Chargers and everyone else to see Leaf had flamed out. He went 3-6 in 1998, throwing two TD passes and 15 interceptions. His highlight reel consisted of a shouting match with a reporter. He missed the 1999 season with a labrum tear. In 2000, he played in 11 games, throwing 11 touchdowns and 18 picks.
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At 6'6", 320 pounds, Tony Mandarich was supposed to be the next generation of athletic offensive lineman. He was selected second overall in 1989, but he ended up being a steroid user and one of the worst teammates for the Green Bay Packers.

Here is Martin Hendricks of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel with more:

Mandarich wanted to play for a larger-market team to increase his endorsement possibilities and his pre-draft comments calling Green Bay "a village" did not endear him to Packer fans. After a lengthy holdout, Mandarich became a Packer on Sept. 5 and the NFL's highest-paid lineman...
Mandarich started 31 games at right tackle over the next two seasons, but was switched to guard by new head coach Mike Holmgren in minicamps in May 1992. He would not play that season, suffering from post-concussion syndrome and a thyroid problem that landed Mandarich on the injured reserve list. His contract was not renewed in February 1993.
FINAL RESULTS
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Biggest NFL Draft bust: Ryan Leaf or Tony Mandarich?
A festive crown for the winner
#LeafFTL
#MandarichFTL