In 2005, Lions President Matt Millen used the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft on Mike Williams, the third straight year Millen drafted a receiver with a Top 10 pick. With the 11th pick, the Cowboys drafted DeMarcus Ware.
Williams was a bust who is now out of the league, while Ware is one of the best pass rushers of his generation. So it’s not surprising that Millen says he should have drafted Ware. And in an interview with USA Today, Millen says he would have drafted Ware — except that the Lions’ scouting staff talked him out of it.
“DeMarcus Ware — it wasn’t even close. You put the tape on, you see,” Millen said of his own evaluation of the players in that draft.
So why did Millen pick Williams instead?
“I just capitulated. It’s nobody’s fault but my own,” Millen said.
Millen says he knows why his tenure running the Lions was a failure, but he doesn’t like to go into all the reasons because there’s not much more he can say.
“There was no success there, but anything you say about it sounds like an excuse, and I’m not about excuses. They’re reasons after the fact. What can you say? . . . You’re better off saying nothing. They’re my mistakes. . . . I didn’t pick the right guys,” Millen said.
Drafting Williams over Ware was a stark example of not picking the right guy.