Where are They Now? Matt Millen’s First Round Draft Picks

NFL Films debuted the documentary of Matt Millen on the NFL Network Tuesday.  Titled “A Football Life: Matt Millen,” the film gave details on his infamous tenure as GM of the Detroit Lions.  The Detroit Free Press article published days before the documentary aired, shed light on Millen’s decision making process and struggles with the Lions.

As for most Lion’s fans, Millen is remembered as a man who sabotaged an already mediocre team, and turned them into a record-setting awful team.  Most commonly criticized would be his draft selections from 2002-2008. Here is an update on the first round picks made by the Lions in the Millen Era:

2001: Jeff Backus (OT, Michigan) Selected 18th Overall.

-Played 12 Seasons with Lions.

-One Playoff Appearance

-Signed $40 Million, six-year contract in 2006

-Played 186 Consecutive games without injury

-Retired in 2012

-Currently a part-time coaching intern with Lions


2002: Joey Harrington (QB, Oregon) Selected 3rd Overall

-Four Seasons with Lions

-Best Record as a Lion: 6-10

-Best Season as a Lion: 19 TD, 12 INT (2004)

-Traded in 2005

-Currently college football commentator for Fox Sports


2003: Charles Rogers (WR, Michigan State) Selected 2nd Overall

-Three Seasons in NFL (All with Lions)

-Four Career Touchdowns

-Currently in Legal Trouble


2004: Roy Williams (WR, Texas) Selected 7th Overall

-Five Season with Lions

-Pro Bowl Selection in 2007

-Last Season played: 2011 with Bears

-Retired after 2011 season

2005: Mike Williams (WR, USC) Selected 10th Overall

-Two Years with Lions

-Five Career NFL Touchdowns

-Released from CFL Toronto Argonauts in 2013


2006: Ernie Sims: (OLB, Florida State) Selected 9th Overall

-Three Seasons with Lions

-Co-Captain of 2008 0-16 Team

-Traded to Eagles in 2010

-Currently Plays for Dallas Cowboys


2007: Calvin Johnson (WR, Georgia Tech)

-Three-Time Pro-Bowler

-Broke Single-Season Record for Receiving Yards in 2012

-Currently in 7th Season with Lions


2008: Gosder Cherilus (OT, Boston College)

-Five Seasons with Lions

-Currently with Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Allen is a multimedia Journalist for Impact Sports.