To the losers go the spoils, at least that's how things are supposed to play out in the wonderful world of professional sports drafts.
No matter the sport, year after year there are some pretty awful teams whose only hope is that somehow, some way, if they play their cards right (or in most cases, wrong) that when their miserable seasons finally come to an end they will be in position to draft a savior who will come to their team's rescue.
With the No. 3 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft the Chicago Bulls selected Michael Jordan. With the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts chose Peyton Manning. We all know how those picks turned out.
However, for every GM who chews the gum that blows a lucky Jordan or Manning bubble, there are far more franchises who listen to scouts and draft gurus and wind up with their bubbles bursting.
Who are the top 10 overblown prospects in sports history? You're about to find out.
For two of NASCAR's most famous prospects, there certainly haven't been enough wins between them, which is the perfect rationale for placing Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty in a two-way tie for the No. 10 spot on our list.
Back in mid-2008, Hendrick Motorsports proudly announced that Dale Jr. would drive the No. 88 car for their team. Not-so-proudly Hendrick Motorsports has seen Dale reach Victory Lane a grand total of two times since then.
Not to be outdone, Kyle Petty won a grand total of eight Cup races...over a 30-year span.
We're still waiting for one of these guys to claim victory in the above "let's smile aimlessly at each other" staring contest.
Darko Milicic might be giving a thumbs up after being drafted No. 2 at the 2003 NBA Draft, but you can bet Pistons fans would be showing him and Detroit General Manager Joe Dumars a different finger instead.
As a Piston, Milicic wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders, as he averaged a mere 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.
When you add to those totals the fact that the Pistons could have drafted Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh, you have a clear winner for positioning on this list.
Thumbs up to Darko!
Touted as the next Wayne Gretzky by NHL scouts and hockey mavens everywhere, Brian Lawton was selected first overall in the 1983 NHL Draft by the Minnesota North Stars.
Lawton pretty much stunk up the joint from day one, as he scored only 10 goals and 31 points in his rookie season.
Just about the only real comparison fans could remotely make between Lawton and Gretzky was their similarity in uniform numbers. Even then, Lawton fell a digit short of the Great One's No. 99.
An overblown prospect list just wouldn't be an overblown prospect list without including one of the many New York Jets wasted draft picks.
Penn State RB Blair Thomas was selected by the Jets with the second overall pick of the 1990 NFL draft and it was all downhill from there.
In eight NFL seasons, Blair "rushed" for a total of 2,236 yards and scored only 7 touchdowns.
Jets fans still cringe when they hear this guy's name.
Matt Bush, a supposed five-tool shortstop, was the San Diego Padres' surprising choice as the No. 1 pick in the 2004 MLB Player Draft.
Unfortunately for Padres owner John Moore, the only offensive attack that he would ever get from Bush at Petco Park would be in his private owner's box, where Bush and his buddies caused severe damage shortly after he was drafted.
The offensive attacks didn't stop there. In 2009, Bush was arrested for drunken driving, vandalism, resisting arrest, and also plead guilty to drunken assault.
Reckless property damage, drunken driving, vandalism, resisting arrest, and drunken assault...not exactly the five tools the Padres had in mind when drafting this punk, who still has yet to rise above Single-A.
You know you're a bust when your signature career highlight was being completely bulldozed by Oakland Raider running back Bo Jackson as he rushed his way to a touchdown on Monday Night Football.
Brian Bosworth was probably the most over-hyped player to make the jump from college football to the NFL.
Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft, "The Boz" recorded just four sacks through three seasons.
For a guy who won two Butkus awards as the best linebacker in college football, his NFL career was nothing but bupkus.
Can't argue with a Sports Illustrated cover, can you? The Green Bay Packers decided to use their No. 2 pick of the 1989 NFL Draft by going the "safe" route in selecting offensive tackle Tony Mandarich from Michigan State.
In doing so, they passed over a running back from Oklahoma State by the name of Barry Sanders.
Mandarich never came close to living up to expectations and was cut by the Packers after only three seasons.
Don't complain Packers fans, at least you managed to steal QB Brett Favre from the Falcons a few short years later in 1992 for a second-round draft pick and a bag of Doritos.
See the baseball card with Brien Taylor's photo on it? That was pretty much the only glimpse that New York Yankee fans would see of their former 1991 first round, No. 1 overall draft pick.
Taylor and his adviser-turned-agent Scott Boras somehow managed to squeeze the Yankees into shelling out a record-setting signing bonus of $1.55 million for the left-handed phenom.
However, Taylor damaged his pitching shoulder in a fight defending his brother Brenden and as the result, he joined 1966 New York Mets draft pick Steve Chilcott as only the second player ever to be drafted No. 1 overall and never make it to the major leagues.
At least things worked out for Brenden.
Quarterback Ryan Leaf always looked confused and wondered what the heck was going on, which not surprisingly was also the sentiment of Chargers fans who watched him play on Sunday afternoons.
Selected by San Diego GM Bobby Beathard with the No. 2 overall pick in 1998, Leaf threw a grand total of 13 touchdown passes and a whopping 33 interceptions.
Off the field, Leaf led the league with his countless tirades and temper tantrums before the Chargers admitted their mistake and released him in 2000.
It's hard to fathom that there were pro teams who actually felt this guy was better than Peyton Manning.
That Sam-I-Am! That Sam-I-Am! I do not like that Sam-I-Am!
You can bet that would be the Seussian cry heard from Portland Trail Blazer fans if given the chance to turn back the clock to NBA Draft Day, 1984.
It's also a safe bet that Blazer fans would gladly eat some green eggs and ham if it meant not taking University of Kentucky center Sam Bowie with the No. 2 overall pick.
In drafting Bowie, the Blazers passed over Michael Jordan, a shooting guard from the University of North Carolina who would be taken by the Chicago Bulls and become a six-time NBA Champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, five-time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and the new face of the NBA.
Chicagoans may not eat green eggs and ham but they sure love Portland for drafting Sam-I-Am.