Ranking the greatest Detroit Lions of all time is no easy task to accomplish. From No. 1 all the way up to No. 99, I will attempt to rank the greatest Lions players based on their jersey number. This list now continues with my selection for the best at No. 11.
The seventh overall pick for the Lions in the 2004 NFL Draft, Roy Williams was the second of three wide receivers selected in the first round from 2003-05. Out of the group of Williams, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams, Roy Williams was by far the most successful receiver.
Despite not reaching the postseason and only playing four and a half seasons with the Lions, Williams still ranks as the eighth most prolific receiver in franchise history. Williams amassed 262 catches (12th all-time), 3,884 receiving yards (eighth all-time) and 29 touchdowns (also eighth in team history). While Rogers and Mike Williams would ultimately play themselves out of the league, Roy Williams was one of the few constant contributors on an otherwise mediocre offense.
Williams’ best season in Detroit came in 2006, recording 82 receptions for 1,310 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. This would be Williams’ only Pro Bowl appearance of his career and the first for a Detroit Lion receiver since Herman Moore in 1998.
Williams will not get the benefit of the doubt for what he accomplished with Detroit in such a short amount of time, but considering the marginal quarterback play around him, Williams was a consistent contributor on a mediocre offense.
While most Lions fans will relish the fact that the Lions received a first-round pick for Williams from the Dallas Cowboys (which was used to select tight end Brandon Pettigrew), Williams should be viewed as one of the best Lions receivers in recent memory.
Other nominees: Greg Landry (1968-78), Stefan Logan (2010-12)