Detroit Lions Historical Draft Busts
By Scott King
The Detroit Lions, like every NFL team, have had their fair share of both successful and unsuccessful draft picks over the years. Here are a few examples of some of their more notable bad draft picks:
- Charles Rogers (WR, Michigan State) – Rogers was the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, but his career was derailed by injuries and off-field issues. He played in just 15 games over three seasons with the Lions, catching 36 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns.
- Joey Harrington (QB, Oregon) – Harrington was the third overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, but he struggled to live up to expectations in Detroit. He played in four seasons with the team, throwing for 10,242 yards, 60 touchdowns, and 62 interceptions.
- Mike Williams (WR, USC) – Williams was the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, but he struggled with his weight and conditioning, and never lived up to his potential in Detroit. He played in just two seasons with the Lions, catching 44 passes for 539 yards and two touchdowns.
- Titus Young (WR, Boise State) – Young was the 44th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but he struggled with mental health issues and off-field incidents that ultimately led to his release from the team. He played in just two seasons with the Lions, catching 81 passes for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns