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The Countdown to Failure: The 5 Worst Draft Picks Since 2002

October 13, 2009

Few things have been as constant for the Detroit Lions in the 2000’s as totally inept drafting.

From 2002-2006, just one Lion draft pick, linebacker Ernie Sims, is still with the team. Quite honestly, that has to be one of the most mind boggling statistics in the history of mind boggling statistics.

And it’s not like the Lions simply let some solid players walk after their rookie contracts were up. Instead, the Lions managed to take one of the most horrific collections of talent possible, setting player analysis and development back to the lowest of low points.

Over the course of the next week, I will explore the 5 worst selections of the GM-who-shall-not-be-named era (2000-2008) and some of their most well-known follies. I’ll limit myself to the first two rounds of each draft, since, for all intents and purposes, the later rounds were just a chance to draft and cut CFL-level talent.

Heaving darts at a dart board is the best substitute for actual player analysis!

Heaving darts at a dart board is the best substitute for actual player analysis!

Enjoy (because I certainly won’t)!

5) Jordon Dizon (linebacker, Colorado): 2nd round, pick #45, 2008.

Dizon doesn’t necessarily jump off the page as one of the most prominent missteps by Lions’ brass, but this guy is a perfect example of the “what in the world were you thinking?” draft strategy.

In an attempt to draft a linebacker that would fit since-departed coach Rod Marinelli’s cover-two scheme (or cover-no one, take your pick), the Lions used their second round pick on an undersized (6’0, 230 lbs.) player with questionable talent. Perhaps the Lions were lured by Dizon’s collegiate accolades, but few if any other NFL teams had projected Dizon as a second round-level talent.

Not only did he fail to make an impact in his rookie season under Marinelli, but now, with HC Schwartz/DC Gunther Cunningham’s defensive approach, Dizon has been rendered virtually useless on a team that doesn’t even have any depth in the linebacking corps (paging Darnell Bing!).

Despite praise from Lions’ staffers in the offseason, Dizon failed to grab the starting job vacated by Ernie Sims when Sims went down with a shoulder injury, and, since then, his production has continued to be very limited in spotty action.

Dizon is the proverbial square peg in a circular hole at this point and, barring an unforeseen turn of events, his tenure with the Lions may be a short one.

Offseason praise for Jordon Dizon has yet to translate into on-the-field results

Offseason praise for Jordon Dizon has yet to translate into on-the-field results

Ernie Sims is out Sunday: What now?

September 23, 2009

To those who haven’t heard, Ernie Sims, the de facto leader of the Lions’ defense, will almost certainly miss Sunday’s clash with the Redskins and perhaps beyond.

Sims, who was injured Sunday against the Vikings, has what HC Schwartz and co. are describing as a “significant shoulder injury.”

 

Is Ernie Sims' shoulder injury as significant as this glowing skeleton's?

Is Ernie Sims' shoulder injury as significant as this glowing skeleton's?

Obviously, this could be a major blow to the Lions’ already porous defense.

If Sims is to miss an extended period of time, the fallback options are 2008 2nd round pick Jordon Dizon and rookie D’Andre Levy.

Prospective Replacement #1: Jordon Dizon

Dizon, who would’ve been a mid-round pick on any functional team’s draft board, recorded just 12 tackles in his rookie season.

Prior to his forgettable 2008 season, Dizon had neglected to inform Lions’ brass that he had picked up a good ‘ol D.U.I. a mere 6 days before he was to be drafted (not that character concerns ever scared the Lions’ old regime off anyway).

Through 2 games this season, Dizon’s recorded 2 tackles. I mean, that’s like, 1 tackle a game! But with Sims sidelined, this former Colorado Buffalo will have a golden opportunity to see the first extended playing time of his young career.

This second-year player finally has a chance to shine, provided he secures a sober ride on Saturday nights

This second-year player finally has a chance to shine, provided he secures a sober ride on Saturday nights

Prospective Replacement #2: D’Andre Levy

Levy, who is a bit more physically suited to play MLB than Dizon (Levy is listed at 6’3 228 lbs. to Dizon’s 6’0 225 lbs.), was a 3rd rd. pick out of the University of Wisconsin this past April.

Levy’s quick (re: low 40-yd. dash time of 4.47) and heady (he’s capable of playing all 3 linebacker positions and has/will see plenty of action on the legendary Stan Kwon’s special teams.

Statistically, Levy has recorded a Dizon-esque 2 tackles this season (for those of you keeping score at home, that’s 4 tackles for the Dizon/Levy combo and 14 for Ernie Sims).

Although Levy is largely untested, he’ll likely see at least 50% of the snaps at MLB on Sunday against the ‘Skins and their increasingly disenchanted fans.

The Conclusion

Focusing only on Sunday, the loss of Ernie Sims is clearly tough to swallow for Lions fans. 

However, Lions’ faithful will see two recent high draft picks this weekend, playing in the friendly confines of beautiful Ford Field and against the woefully inept offense of the Washington Redskins.

Forward down the field!

And because you won’t get your fill this weekend, here’s 5ish minutes worth of collegiate Ernie Sims steamrolling his “competition.”