1. Travel

History of the Detroit Lions Draft Picks Since 2000

First-Round NFL Draft Picks: Successful Pick or Disappointing Bust?

By

They can't all be rock stars. The pressure of expectation, lack of experience and injury can turn even the most highly rated college football player into a bust when they turn professional; but, sometimes, a draft pick is right on the money. The history of the Detroit Lions Draft Picks since 2000 demonstrates that there is no guarantee of success, no matter how much money is paid.

2000: Stockar McDougle

Offensive Lineman
Result for Lions: Underachieved

Injuries sidelined McDougle in his early years with the Lions. He eventually became a consistent starter, but the Lions allowed him to go free agent in 2005 and he’s been floundering since.

2001: Jeffrey Carl Backus

Offensive Lineman
Result for Lions: Success

Backus has been a consistent asset to the Lions as the team’s offensive left tackle.

2002: Joey Harrington

Quarterback
Result for Lions: Bust

Harrington did not live up to expectations.

2003: Charles Rogers

Wide Receiver
Result for Lions: Bust

Successive collarbone breaks and then a drug habit sidelined Rogers starting midway through his rookie year with the Lions.

2004: Roy Williams

Wide Receiver
Result for Lions: Success

Williams proved to be an asset for the Lions during his four years playing for the team. His greatest value to the Lions came in 2008, however, when Williams was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for first, third and sixth-round picks in the 2009 NFL draft. So far for the Cowboys, Williams has underachieved.

2004: Kevin Jones

Running Back
Result for Lions: Underachieved

Jones had a great run for the Lions, but a lisfranc fracture eventually took its toll.

2005: Mike Williams

Wide Receiver
Result to Lions: Bust

Caught up in an eligibility snaffu in the 2004 NFL draft, Williams sat out a year before being picked up by the Lions in 2005. The year delay took its toll and Williams never quite lived up to expectations. He also struggled with weight problems.

2006: Ernie Sims

Linebacker
Result for Lions: Success

Sims is a consistent asset to the Lions.

2007: Calvin Johnson

Wide Receiver
Result to Lions: Success

Johnson has proven to be a great player so far. He is arguably one of the top five receivers in football.

2008: Gosder Cherilus

Offensive Tackle
Result for Lions: Judgment Pending

So far, Cherilus has started for the Lions but hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. Legal problems may still affect his value.
  1. About.com
  2. Travel
  3. Detroit
  4. Sports & Recreation
  5. Detroit Lions Football
  6. Detroit Lions Draft Picks - History of Detroit Lions Draft Picks since 2000

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.