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Draft busts are lions' specialty


Draft busts are lions' specialty
NFL.com recently compiled what its "Ultimate NFL Draft," which lists the top picks of all-time at each of the 32 first-round positions.


Since we've never met an idea we couldn't blatantly rip off and tweak, here's what the top 10 might (but probably wouldn't) look like in a Detroit Lions -only draft list. Surprisingly, they're not all bad.

No. 10, Mike Williams (2005): How much worse would this pick look if the Lions had been drafting even earlier?

No. 9, Chris Claiborne (1999): For what it's worth, current Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper went two picks later.

No. 8, Ed O'Neil (1974): This is the former linebacker, not the actor who played Al Bundy on "Married ... With Children." It's easy to confuse the two.

No. 7, Andre Ware (1990): Bobby Layne, he wasn't.

No. 6, Lomas Brown (1985): Who says the Lions can't draft offensive linemen? This guy went to seven Pro Bowls.

No. 5, Bryant Westbrook (1997): His Wikipedia page says he has "no notable achievements" to list. So, uh, there you have it.

No. 4, Otto Graham (1944): Did you know the Lions actually drafted this Hall of Fame QB? Problem is, Graham was obligated to serve in the Coast Guard first, and he signed with Cleveland upon his return.

No. 3, Joey Harrington (2002): Bobby Layne, he wasn't. He almost wasn't even Andre Ware.

No. 2, Charles Rogers (2003): Let's just say "oops" and move on.

No. 1, Billy Sims (1980): The last time the Lions drafted No. 1 overall, they did well. Maybe there's hope yet.

Round-a-bout injury

A team's choice of hotels can be hazardous to a ballplayer's health.

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Chris Dickerson sported a large bump over his right eye after hitting his head on a hotel's revolving glass door, according to MLB.com: "My 'real' story is I hit my head on the rim during a celebrity slam dunk contest. They do need to do something about that door. It's a deathtrap waiting to happen. I can only imagine what happens with people less coordinated than me. I'm a little clumsy, but a pretty coordinated guy. I should be able to fly through that thing easy. I struggle with it every day."

By all means, keep this guy away from escalators.

And finally

The legend of Mark Fidrych lies in eccentricities -- how he rearranged the dirt on the mound, for example -- but Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg remembered a conversation he had with "The Bird": "He set me straight on talking to the ball. He said that wasn't what he was doing. He was talking to himself, demanding he get his act in gear. But with the Bird, people saw what they wanted to see. It was too irresistible."

And even more fun.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 22, 2009

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