The Detroit Lions own the first overall selection in April's NFL Draft. And given the pronounced ineptitude of the team since the turn of the century, much of the focus is centered on the many ways in which Detroit might botch the pick.
However, the last time the Lions were in this position, they truly got it right. The Lions selected one of the greatest players in franchise history, Oklahoma running back Billy Sims, with the first choice in the 1980 draft.
Although his career was cut short by a knee injury, and the number are officially retired for Barry Sanders, Sims is still regularly mentioned alongside Sanders and Hall of Famer Lem Barney as one of the greatest Lions to wear the No. 20. The trio is affectionately referred to as 'The Roaring 20s.'
But since hitting on Sims, a plethora of NFL teams have missed with the top pick. In the spirit of draft day nightmares, here's a look at the ten worst picks at the top of the last twenty-seven drafts.
It's worth noting that all of these picks are better than Ernie Davis (Redskins, 1962) and Jay Berwanger (Eagles, 1936; the First Annual NFL Selection Meeting), neither of whom ever played an NFL game, Davis obviously for tragic reasons.
Well, at least most of these selections were better...