Detroit Lions: Perennial Draft Losers

Evan BaileyContributor IMarch 12, 2009

After an 0-16 season, the Lions' fans are very disappointed but many are not surprised. One look at the recent drafting history of the franchise and it's easy to understand why.

Since 2000, the Lions have drafted 88 players of which only about 20 remain. In 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007 they used a first-round pick on a wide receiver. Only one remains on the active roster, Calvin Johnson, one was traded away, Roy Williams, to the Dallas Cowboys, and two are not even in the NFL. One of them may even be on their way to jail!

The Lions have failed to draft a winning QB or build a strong offensive line in recent history. The QB's they have drafted are Mike McMahon in round 5 No. 18, Joey Harrington round one No. 3, Dan Orlovsky round 5 No. 9, and Drew Stanton round 2 No.11. 

They have drafted twelve defensive lineman since 2000; Andre  Fluellen, Landon Cohen, Ikaika Alma-Francis,Shaun Cody, Bill Svancutt, Jonathan Goddard, Cory Redding, Kalimbla Edwards, John Taylor, Shaun Rogers, Quinton Reese and Alfonso Boone.

Of the twelve only four remain, none of witch are starting material.

They have, in eight years, only drafted a couple players that are now stars; Shaun Rogers, Calvin Johnson, Ernie Sim's, and Roy Williams. Rogers and Williams are stars for other teams.

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Year after year the Lions have gone for offensive talent without building an offensive or defensive line. Also, they have failed to build a strong secondary. The only position they have possibly done a good job with is line backer, although it's only a good job not great.

The Lions constant failure in the draft has led to the failure and embarrassment of an 0-16 season. The Lions have passed over many players with superior talent for offensive flare in college.

They need to get a whole new philosophy as to how to run a team. This year they have to draft Aaron Curry with the No. 1 pick. They need to find a way to stop the run because finishing No. 32 against the run is terrible.

Curry will be the power line backer that the under-sized Sims can't be. Then, with the No. 20 pick, they need to draft Michel Oher of Ole Miss or Kraig Urbik. And then the round two pick should go toward a defensive tackle such as Ron Brace or Jarron Gilbert.

The later picks should go toward someone like DT Vance Walker or CB Alphonso Smith (if they're still around).

Overall, the Lions are an embarrassment to fan's like me. I do believe Schwartz will bring a higher degree of success then the Marinelli or Millen era. But a winning season is not in sight, let alone a playoff win, which would double the number of playoff wins in the past 44 years.