10 Biggest Detroit Lions' draft busts of all-time
10) Ikaika Alama-Francis (2007 NFL Draft – Round 2, Pick 58)
Who??? I know that was the question on a good majority of Lions fans minds when they saw his name. The Lions surrendered the 66th and 145th overall picks in order to trade up and draft Alama-Francis. He would notch one sack in his 2 seasons with the Lions.
Players passed on – Usama Young, Charles Johnson, Marshal Yanda, etc.
9) Jahvid Best (2010 NFL Draft – Round 1, Pick 30)
Though he was concussion-prone coming out of the University of California-Berkeley, Detroit saw Best as their running back of the future. In a span of two seasons, he only played in 22 games, thanks in large part to him being diagnosed with three concussions. That’s all of the professional football Jahvid Best would play and it quickly put things in perspective for the Lions.
In 2014, Best sued both the NFL and helmet maker Riddell, in a concussion based case, stating that the league “was aware of the evidence and the risks associated with repetitive traumatic brain injuries … but deliberately ignored and actively concealed the information.”
Players passed on – T.J. Ward, Rob Gronkowski, Zane Beadles, Sean Lee, etc.