Detroit Lions’ 5 Biggest NFL Draft Busts Of All Time

Who Are The Detroit Lions' 5 Biggest Draft Busts Of All Time?

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17 years ago, the Detroit Lions selected defensive back Bryant Westbrook fifth overall. Although injuries cut his career short, the label of "draft bust" still sticks to him. Sadly the Lions have been known for drafting some of the worst draft busts in NFL history. With a big list to choose from, here are my top five all-time Detroit Lions draft busts.

5. 1987: Reggie Rogers, DL, Washington

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5. 1987: Reggie Rogers, DL, Washington

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Selected seventh overall in the strike-shortened 1987 season, Reggie Rogers played just two seasons in Detroit and recorded only one sack. The worst part of it all was that Rogers ran a red light while intoxicated and killed three people. Rogers had emotional problems throughout his career and played in a mere 11 games as a Lion. The Lions would take Rogers over Jerome Brown and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.

4. 2002: Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon

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4. 2002: Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon

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Selected third overall in 2002 and one of GM Matt Millen's first draft choices, Joey Harrington would only last four seasons in Detroit and had just one season where he threw more touchdowns than interceptions. Even after Millen drafted three wide receivers in the next three years to help Harrington, the former Oregon Duck was a failure in the NFL. The Lions chose Harrington over John Henderson and Dwight Freeney.

3. 2005: Mike Williams, WR, USC

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3. 2005: Mike Williams, WR, USC

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The last of Matt Millen's wide receiver busts, Mike Williams would last two seasons in Detroit and only recorded 37 receptions for just under 500 yards and only two touchdowns. Williams was so bad in Detroit that former offensive coordinator Mike Martz put backup quarterback Josh McCown ahead of Williams on the depth chart. The Lions chose Williams over DeMarcus Ware and Shawne Merriman.

2. 2003: Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan State

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2. 2003: Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan State

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The first of Matt Millen's wide receiver busts, Charles Rogers was selected second overall by Detroit in 2003 after a productive career at in-state school Michigan State. After catching 22 passes and three touchdowns in his first five games, Rogers was lost for the season after breaking his clavicle and would be suspended by the NFL for violating the NFL's drug policy. Detroit chose Rogers over Andre Johnson and Terrell Suggs.

1. 1990: Andre Ware, QB, Houston

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1. 1990: Andre Ware, QB, Houston

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After winning the Heisman Trophy at Houston in 1989, Detroit selected Ware No. 7 overall in 1990, a year after selecting the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner in running back Barry Sanders. Ware went the complete opposite route that Sanders did, barely playing in Detroit. Ware would never throw for over 700 yards in any of his four seasons in Detroit. The Lions would choose Ware over Richmond Webb and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.


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