Two Lions make FoxSports.com’s list of the biggest NFL draft busts since 1989. (Commence the resounding chorus: “Only two”?!)
Yep, just two, but feel free to add your own.
FoxSport.com’s Cameron DaSilva selects quarterback Andre Ware, taken seventh overall in 1990, and wide receiver Charles Rogers, picked second overall in 2003, as among the biggest flops. Read the full story here.
Of Ware, DaSilva writes: “Ware and Barry Sanders were supposed to be a dynamic duo in Detroit, but Ware couldn't do his part. He hardly played as a rookie, starting just one game. The next three years, Ware started just five more and found his way out of the league by 1994. He was never a factor for the Lions, setting the franchise back a few years with his disappointing play.”
Ware, who won the Heisman Trophy at Houston, was 83-of-161 for 1,113 yards with five TDs and eight interceptions in 14 games with the Lions.
Rogers starred at MSU but struggled in the NFL as substance abuse problems derailed his career.
DaSilva: “Rogers was expected to be the next great receiver, pairing nicely with QB Joey Harrington, whom the Lions took one year before. Well, he was anything but that, starting just nine games in his career. He caught 36 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns, flaming out after just three seasons due to a lack of production and recurring violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.”
DaSilva picks 1989 as a jumping off for good reason. It was the year the Packers selected Michigan State offensive tackle Tony Mandarich second overall behind Troy Aikman.
Mandarich played 86 games in an undistinguished NFL career, 45 with Green Bay and 41 Indianapolis, before retiring in 1998.