Bogey And Wojo's Top 10 Draft Busts In Detroit Sports History


If you were tuned in last week to the Bogey & Wojo Show, you may have caught a somewhat depressing discussion: Who are the biggest draft busts in the history of Detroit sports? 

With the help of their listeners, Bogey and Wojo decided to rank the top 10. Here's the authoritative list, with some commentary from Bogey on each player.

10. Stanley Johnson: Pistons, 8th overall, 2015
Notable Picks After: Myles Turner (No. 11, Indiana), Devin Booker (No. 13, Suns), Terry Rozier (No. 16, Celtics)
Bogey's Take: Ohhhhhhhhh, where do you begin?!? Many Pistons fans wanted Justise Winslow of Duke or Devon Booker of Kentucky, but SVG and his old school way of thinking went with the 'tough' defensive player instead of the most offensively gifted player in the draft -- at a time when the Pistons needed shooting and saw the NBA game changing. Johnson battled LeBron James in a first-round sweep against the Cavs his rookie season. Those defensive performances proved to be the only semi-encouraging moments of his time in Detroit. Johnson showed flashes but couldn’t consistently shoot from the outside and looked uncomfortable attacking the rim.
9. Eric Ebron: Lions, 10th overall, 2014
Notable Picks After: Taylor Lewan (No. 11, Tennessee), Odell Beckham (No. 12, NYG), Aaron Donald (No. 13, St. Louis)
Bogey's Take: No way the Lions would take a tight end tenth overall, right? No way! Wait -- it’s the Lions. Eric Ebron’s raw physical attributes and combine numbers shouldn’t have been enough to make up for a largely unproductive college career at UNC, but the Lions took him anyway -- and did so over the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald, to name a few. Ebron didn’t help himself by lashing out at fans, after being booed for his habit of dropping passes. Bad marriage from the start. Only makes it worse when you factor in Ebron landed with the Colts in 2018 and caught more touchdowns in his first season in Indy (13) than he had in four years in Detroit (11).
8. Joey Harrington: Lions, 3rd overall, 2002
Notable Picks After: Quentin Jammer (No. 5, San Diego), Roy Williams (No. 8, Dallas), Dwight Freeney (No. 11, Indianapolis)
Bogey's Take: JOEY! JOEY! JOEY! That’s right, I bought my Harrington No. 3 jersey and went from playing dynasty mode as the Oregon Ducks in NCAA Football to thinking Harrington would rejuvenate our Lions. With every touchdown pass and patented Harrington sprint to the end zone in celebration, we all wanted it to be. Alas, it never was. To throw salt in the wound, Harrington returned to Detroit in 2006 after being traded to the Dolphins and beat the Lions on Thanksgiving, throwing three touchdowns in the process.
7. Matt Anderson: Tigers, 1st overall, 1997
Notable Picks After: Troy Glaus (No. 3, Anaheim), Vernon Wells (No. 5, Toronto), Lance Berkman (No. 16, Houston)
Bogey's Take: Us Tigers fans love ourselves some POWER ARMS! As the team's first overall pick in 1997, Anderson got a fat bonus and even bigger expectations in Detroit. Routinely hitting triple digits on the radar gun, Anderson had a solid rookie year in relief in 1998 -- but that was as good as it would get. The story got worse in 2002 when Anderson injured his throwing arm in an octopus throwing contest for a chance to win Red Wings tickets -- though Anderson denies that had anything to do with it. (You can’t make this stuff up.)
6. Joe Murphy: Red Wings, 1st overall, 1986 
Notable Picks After: Vincent Damphousse (No. 6, Toronto), Brian Leetch (No. 9, NYR), Craig Janney (No. 13, Boston)
Bogey's Take: Wojo’s experience came in handy with this one. For as many times as the Red Wings have struck gold in the draft, Murphy represented a massive miss as the first overall pick in 1986. Spending the majority of his time with the Wings in the AHL, Murphy was traded to the Oilers in 1989 and went on to have seven 20-goal seasons in the NHL. 
5. Reggie Rogers: Lions, 7th overall, 1987
Notable Picks After: Shane Conlan (No. 8, Buffalo), Jerome Brown (No. 9, Philadelphia), Rod Woodson (No. 10, Pittsburgh)
Bogey's Take: Again, had to defer to Wojo on this one -- but it came with strong reasoning from the older half of the show! No. 7 pick, rookie season cut short due to 'emotional issues.' Year two? Five games played before killing three teenagers in a drunk driving accident. Rogers broke his neck in the collision and was waived that offseason.
4. Mike Williams: Lions, 10th overall, 2005
Notable Picks After: DeMarcus Ware (No. 11, Dallas), Shawne Merriman (No. 12, San Diego), Jammal Brown (No. 13, New Orleans)
Bogey's Take: Roast me for being the guy sitting at home going, “Wow, how are defenses going to stop Roy Williams, Charles Rogers AND Mike Williams? MATCHUP NIGHTMARES!” But little Bogey didn’t understand how crippling it would be for Williams to miss the 2004 season at USC and how much it would affect his play entering the NFL. Sigh. Disaster from the start. 
3. Charles Rogers: Lions, 2nd overall, 2003
Notable Picks After: Andre Johnson (No. 3, Houston), Kevin Williams (No. 9, Minnesota), Terrell Suggs (No. 10, Baltimore)
Bogey's Take: Run down the list of reasons why this one hurt the most: Michigan native, starred at MSU, two great touchdown grabs in his NFL debut ... and seven-time Pro Bowl We Andre Johnson went one pick later to the Texans. The injuries and sadly other demons derailed Rogers's career, but to see the brief flashes of superstardom only made it hurt more. 
2. Andre Ware: Lions, 7th overall, 2000
Notable Picks After: Richmond Webb (No. 9, Miami), 
Bogey's Take: If the Lions could’ve just found a franchise quarterback to pair with Barry Sanders in the '90s, how different could things have been? Would Barry have walked away as early as he did? We'll never know. 
1. Darko Milicic: Pistons, 2nd overall, 2003
Notable Picks After: Carmelo Anthony (No. 3, Denver), Dwyane Wade (No. 4, Miami), Chris Bosh (No. 5, Toronto)
Bogey's Take: No commentary needed? No commentary needed. In fact, I tried to make Darko No. 1 thru 9, but Wojo wouldn’t allow it. What were you thinking, Joe?!?!