Actual Pick: Charles Rogers, WR
Re-Draft: Andre Johnson, WR
Analysis: In Millen's defense, the decision to select a WR wasn't a bad idea. After all, the Lions had drafted Joey Harrington in the previous draft and it made sense to give their young signal caller a legitimate target. At the time, Rogers was drawing comparisons to All-Pro WR Randy Moss.
Being raised in Saginaw and coming off of a brilliant collegiate career at Michigan State, Rogers filled a need, provided talent and had the added appeal of being a homegrown talent. The problem with Rogers had nothing to do with his ability on the field, it had everything to do with his deficiencies off the field.
Rogers had drug problems dating back to college, and he simply couldn't kick the habit once he entered the league. Between drugs, a lack of effort and injuries, Rogers was sent packing in 2006.
Rogers' troubles didn't stop there: he was sued by the team for a breach of contract, and has had run ins with the law almost every year since. It's a really sad ending for such an athletically gifted human being.
While Rogers has spent his time in jail, Andre Johnson has spent his establishing himself as one of the top receivers in the league. Much like another WR with the last name Johnson who plays in Detroit, Andre is big and strong, and lets his play do all the talking for him. Until Calvin's big 2011, some analysts were asking who the better Johnson was.
Andre would be a fine addition to any franchise. He's a stand up player who gets the job done. What more can you ask of a player?