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Can't-miss prospects who ... missed

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Missed it by this much

Wrong. So, so wrong

Tony Mandarich

"The Best Offensive Line Prospect Ever"

April 26, 1982

63 NFL starts, 0 Pro Bowls

Gary Nicklaus

"The Next Nicklaus"

March 11, 1985

Made one PGA Tour top 10

Kristie Phillips

"The New Mary Lou [Retton]"

Sept. 1, 1986

0 Olympics

Jon Peters


May 8, 1989

54--1 in high school, fireballer blew out elbow, never made pros

Heath Shuler

"[Skins] took a big step toward rebuilding ... by drafting him."

May 2, 1994

22 starts, 15 TDs

Tim Couch

"Which No. 1 Pick Will Lead the Browns to Greatness?"

April 19, 1999

0 playoffs

Sebastian Telfair

... Is the future

March 8, 2004

Career averages: 7.4 points, 3.5 assists

Robert Gallery

"Best Lineman to Come Out of College in Years"

April 24, 2004

103 NFL starts, 0 Pro Bowls

Jeff Francoeur

"Georgia's New Peach"

Aug. 29, 2005

Nine seasons, 0 All-Stars

Jimmy Clausen

"A once-in-a-generation talent."

Nov. 28, 2005

One win in four years as NFL QB