LS2throwed wrote:In all fairness, Millen deserves to be blasted for the Mike Williams pick but the Charles Rogers pick at the time was not a bad pick at all...He was a highly touted prospect who was an absolute beast in college, and the hometown guy...Most draft grades gave Detroit an A for that draft and considered Rogers a lock to be an elite WR along with AJ, both guys were clearly the top 2 WR's and elite prospects, they might of swung and missed and hindsight is 20/20 but injuries derailed Rogers career before it could take off...They were probably interchangeable at draft time, and depending who you asked some had someone else rated higher, so while that pick was a huge bust for a #2 pick at the time it wasn't really a bad pick.
The MW pick was bad at the time, they never needed a WR, he was out of football for an entire year, and they had alot of other needs at the time...MW wasn't even the prospect Rogers was, at least Rogers had 4.28 speed, prototype size at 6'3 200+ lbs, college production to boot, his final 2 years he had over 1200 yds and 12 TD's, as well as being in the state of Detroit...I can't blame Millen for that one, it was just his affection for WR's that took off after this year that spiraled out of control.
Well I can remember Hoge going ballistic with the Rodgers pick. Rodgers had character issues coming out of Michigan State if I remember correctly and that was a big strike against him. He had the physical ability, but he didn't have the mindset.
On a sidenote
I believe Hoge has been one of the most accurate draft analysts over the past 5 or 6 years. He said he wouldn't have taken Leinert or Young in the first 3 rounds, but would have taken Cutler. I believe he said Big Ben was the better QB coming out (I don't think that was a homer pick). It seems like every year he and Jaws are pretty dang accurate. Which sucks since I still hold anger at Jaws for being an Eagle.