5 Most Overrated Detroit Lions in Team History

5 Most Overrated Detroit Lions in Team History

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It's obvious that the Detroit Lions have botched more than handful of their personnel moves, especially under former GM Matt Millen. While the Lions seem to be going in the right direction with Jim Caldwell, the team is still haunted by the bad performances of some overrated players. Here are my five most overrated Lions players in team history. This doesn't mean they weren't good, but their performance didn't measure up to their hype.

5. Lomas Brown, OT (1985-95)

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5. Lomas Brown, OT (1985-95)

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Lomas Brown was a six-time Pro Bowler, and a one-time First Team All Pro selection during his 11-year career with the Lions. His career has even been nominated for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but two moments make him an overrated player. Brown allegedly took an intentional dive so that QB Scott Mitchell would get injured in 1994, and his failed guarantee in 1995 were two of the most embarrassing moments in franchise history.

4. Roy Williams, WR (2004-08)

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4. Roy Williams, WR (2004-08)

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In his four seasons with the Lions, Williams had only one good season that would justify his top-10 selection. In 2006, his 82 catches, 1,310 yards and seven touchdowns were good enough for his only career Pro Bowl appearance. His value to the franchise was realized in 2008 when he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys along with a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a first (Brandon Pettigrew), third- and sixth-round draft picks.

3. Scott Mitchell, QB (1994-98)

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3. Scott Mitchell, QB (1994-98)

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Scott Mitchell was supposed to be the big free-agent signing who could give the Lions the QB they needed to get Detroit to the Super Bowl. His first season ended with an injury (supposedly caused by Brown, and Dave Kreig took the team to the playoffs). In 1995, Mitchell set Lions records for passing touchdowns (32) and passing yards (4,338), but his miserable playoff performance led to a bad loss. Mitchell was also benched in the 1997 playoffs.

2. Ndamukong Suh, DT (2010-Present)

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2. Ndamukong Suh, DT (2010-Present)

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Ndamukong Suh is currently negotiating for a lucrative contract, but his questionable on-field history has left him without that new contract that he wants. Suh was the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10 sacks, but since then, his best sack-producing season was just eight in 2012. Sadly, Suh (through his own fault) has been known better for his suspensions and fines than for his on-field play.

1. Charlie Sanders, TE (1968-77)

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1. Charlie Sanders, TE (1968-77)

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Charlie Sanders may have been the best tight end in the 1970s, but his statistics certainly don't warrant that honor. In his 10 seasons in Detroit, the other famous Sanders not named Barry, Cahrlie had only four seasons with more than 40 catches and zero seasons with even 50. Sanders led the team in receptions in six of his 10 seasons, but that was largely due to the Lions having no other viable weapons than Sanders' ability.


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