Biggest NFL Draft bust: Tony Mandarich or Lawrence Phillips?
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Biggest NFL Draft bust: Tony Mandarich or Lawrence Phillips?

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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 Tony Mandarich and Lawrence Phillips. Mandarich was supposed to be the best offensive lineman ever, but drug problems caught up with him. Lawrence Phillips couldn't escape his trouble with the law. Who was the bigger bust? 🏈

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The NFL is usually a place where dreams come true. However, once the dream comes true, 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. Let your voice be heard!

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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.

The Los Angeles Rams traded away Jerome Bettis on draft day so they could get the best running back from Nebraska. They were expecting a Pro-Bowl talent, what they got was a troubled individual. Here is Steve Rivera of FanSided with more:

As far as busts’ go, Phillips is uniquely if not tragically qualified. His football career would segue into multiple run-ins with law enforcement, eventually ending up at Kern Valley State Prison in California...

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On April 11, 2015, Phillips’ cellmate would be found choked to death. On September 1 of 2015, he’d be charged with first-degree murder, and on November 9, prosecutors were granted a motion to consider seeking the death penalty...

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On January 13, 2016, Lawrence Phillips would be pronounced dead of an apparent suicide.
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