Thursday, June 30, 2005

Lucky Lions?

We may be cursing luck here in Detroit with regard to our inept football team, and especially in the case of the twice-injured Charles Rogers, but things could have turned out worse, as this article drove home. The article discusses the previously undiagnosed stress fracture in Redskins' cornerback Carlos Rogers (no relation, I think). Washington took the cornerback Rogers one pick before the Lions' spot, and it was rumored at the time that Millen would have taken him had he been there at the 10 spot.

The year before's draft featured a couple of hard luck players the Lions managed to avoid. First, Washington (them again, poor bastards) selected Sean Taylor, a player who a lot of Lions fans would have liked to see slip to the Honolulu Blue. Unfortunately for Taylor and the 'Skins, the safety is now facing a three-year minimum sentence if convicted. Yikes. He may not be convicted, of course, but I'm sure Washington's not real pleased about the arrest, or the fact that his trial may start the day after the team's first game.

Next in that draft, the Lions traded down a spot with Cleveland. This was a good move at the time, because it gave them another second rounder, which they later traded to move up into the first round and turned into Kevin Jones. The trade looks even better now, after the player the Browns picked, Kellen Winslow II, will miss the season after injuring himself while popping wheelies on his motorcycle. This after he missed most of his rookie season due to injury.

So it could be worse. That's all I'm saying.


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