The 10 biggest draft busts in Detroit Lions history

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4. DE Reggie Rogers

Going back in time again, the Lions drafted Rogers seventh overall in the 1987 draft. He wound up playing four NFL seasons, separated by a drunk driving incident, with 11 games played for the Lions over his first two.

Almost anyone drafted after Rogers in the first round in 1987 would have been a better pick for the Lions.

3. QB Joey Harrington

For a lot teams, Harrington would have a strong case as the No. 1 draft bust ever. The third overall pick in 2002 after a good college career at Oregon, he went 18-37 over four seasons with the Lions including a league-high 22 interceptions in 2003. After starting 11 games for the Miami Dolphins in 2006 and 11 games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, he was done as a rosterable NFL quarterback.

Harrington was simply not an NFL-caliber signal caller, and the lack of talent around him in Detroit didn’t help.