While Detroit scored a huge victory in landing three draft picks for Roy Williams, the trade also shined a light on how poor the Lions’ recent drafts were.
From 2002 through 2005, years that should be the lifeline of the Lions roster right now, Detroit’s draft picks look like this:
2002 — Quarterback Joey Harrington — Lions once turned down the chance to pursue free-agent quarterback Drew Brees so they could stick with Harrington.
2003 — Wide receiver Charles Rogers — A judge recently ruled that Rogers owes the team $8.5 million of the bonus the Lions gave him — if the team can ever collect it from him.
2004 — Williams and running back Kevin Jones — At least Williams left the Lions with three picks; Jones is now running the football in Chicago.
2005 — Wide receiver Mike Williams — Out of the league, just like former Lions president and CEO Matt Millen.