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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

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