Peterson: Has a team ever had a bad draft?

It always amuses me to hear the comments from National Football League teams after the annual college football draft.

I don’t think I can ever recall a team saying they had a bad draft.

Most of the time, the main theme you hear is how the club “knocked it out of the park,” or “we really strengthened our team in this draft.”

Horse hockey to those assessments. I know of many drafts that did just the opposite — many of those by the Detroit Lions.

The one that really sticks out is the one a few years ago when the team had two picks in the first round.

Detroit picked Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware of Houston and huge offensive lineman Aaron Gibson of Wisconsin.

Ware, who padded his QB stats against a weak schedule, was a complete flop at quarterback. Gibson, who weighed around 330 pounds, was more interested in eating than blocking opponents.

His erratic play on one occasion produced one of the all-time great lines by a Detroit sportswriter.

“He (Gibson) pounced on (an opposing player) like he was a juicy double cheeseburger,” after drawing a costly 15-yard penalty.

Or take the draft when Green Bay picked Tony Mandarich over Barry Sanders. Sanders and Brett Favre together may have brought the Packers multiple Super Bowls.

The Lions, of course, managed just one playoff win in Sanders’ ten years of brilliance.

This year’s draft is bringing more beef to Motown, and offensive lineman Penei Sewell has a lot of it at 345 pounds.

Sure, I know the experts are predicting a Hall of Fame career for Sewell. But I, for one, would have rather seen Detroit bring in a wide receiver like DeVonta Smith to bolster a depleted receiving corps.

Green Bay drafted a solid defensive back in Eric Stokes. Stokes will improve the Packers secondary, but the many questions about Aaron Rodgers still cloud the horizon.

Without the talents of Rodgers, everything else is a moot point in Titletown.

And that’s how I see this most recent draft.


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