Matt Millen and the Detroit Lions' front office have gotten a serious amount of crap over the years for their questionable draft tactics. Maybe there's some logic to using your first round pick every year on a wide receiver, like if you played in a flag football league, but in the NFL I don't get it - and neither do Detroit Lions fans.
But for all the crap Lions fans have justifiably given their front office, they don't seem to be any better at drafting guys themselves.
The Lions' official Web site is currently running a mock draft where fans get to vote on which player each team should draft. They'll ultimately get to vote on the Lions' pick as well.
So far, here's who they've selected - see if you can spot the player that doesn't belong.
|1.||Miami:||T Jake Long||Michigan|
|2.||St. Louis:||DE Chris Long||Virginia|
|3.||Atlanta:||QB Matt Ryan||Boston College|
|4.||Oakland:||RB Darren McFadden||Arkansas|
|5.||Kansas City:||DT Glenn Dorsey||LSU|
|6.||New York Jets:||DL Vernon Gholston||Ohio State|
|7.||New England:||CB Leodis McKelvin||Troy|
|8.||Baltimore:||QB Chad Henne||Michigan|
|9.||Cincinnati:||DT Sedrick Ellis||USC|
Yes, that's Chad Henne at #8. The same Chad Henne that's not projected to go until a full round later - best case scenario. Maybe there are people out there worse at drafting than Millen.
Now you might say, maybe this is some incredible trick played by Detroit fans. But if you say that, then you've obviously never met anyone from Detroit. This is no prank.
There's also the homerism angle, of course. But really, if any fanbase should know when you shouldn't draft a guy - even for another team in a mock draft - it's the Lions' fanbase.
I'm just wondering who Lions fans are going to pick at #15 this coming Friday. At this rate my guess would be they find some way to redraft Mike Williams.