The 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Detroit Lions History

Looking Back at the Detroit Lions' Worst NFL Draft Picks Ever

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Throughout their 84 year history as part of the NFL, the Detroit Lions have become known as the league's loveable losers -- and rightfully so. Since the AFL-NFL merger the team has only made the playoffs 10 times, haven't appeared in the Super Bowl once, yet they get rousing support from fans. Much of the Lions' lack of success can be drawn back to poor drafting, and I have identified the organization's five worst draft blunders because of this.

5. Mike Williams

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5. Mike Williams

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The Detroit Lions drafted Mike Williams with the 10th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft after he was forced to sit out the preceding college football season, and he never knocked off the rust. Williams lasted only two seasons in Detroit, compiling 37 receptions, 449 receiving yards, two touchdowns and two fumbles over this period. Williams was traded to the Oakland Raiders after the 2006 season and left Detroit as an unmitigated disaster.

4. Chuck Long

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4. Chuck Long

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Chuck Long was expected to be the Lions' long-term starting quarterback after being selected with the 12th pick of the 1986 NFL Draft. Unfortunately a putrid Lions team and general inefficiency throwing the ball ensured this never occurred, and Long would only appear in 23 games over four seasons in Detroit. Long would only appear in four more games in the NFL and retired with unsightly totals of 19 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

3. Reggie Rogers

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3. Reggie Rogers

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Reggie Rogers was drafted with the seventh pick of the 1987 NFL Draft, and he had difficulties with life as a pro athlete from the beginning. Over his first two seasons in the NFL, Rogers only appeared in 11 games as he grappled with emotional issues, and his Lions career was brought to a premature end by a vehicular homicide arrest. Rogers would miss the next two NFL seasons and only appear in four more games before retiring as a huge bust.

2. Charles Rogers

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2. Charles Rogers

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Charles Rogers was compared to Randy Moss prior to being selected with the second pick of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he never came close to living up to the hype. During his first season in Detroit, Rogers would only appear in nine games and compile 243 receiving yards. He would then miss the 2004 season because of a broken clavicle. After appearing in nine games in 2005, Rogers would never again appear in a NFL game.

1. Andre Ware

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1. Andre Ware

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Andre Ware was drafted with the seventh pick of the 1990 NFL Draft fresh off of receiving the Heisman Trophy, but he would never live up to the hype. Over four seasons with the Lions, the quarterback would only compile five touchdowns as opposed to ten turnovers, and he only appeared in 14 games in total. After the 1994 season, Ware would never again feature in the NFL and has gone down as a huge bust.


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