We've reached the top five in the countdown of the biggest Detroit Lions draft busts since 2001. At this point you probably have a pretty good idea about which players will end up being placed in the top five. In case you don't, the full top five will be counted down over the course of this week, and the countdown begins with running back Kevin Jones.
Selected 30th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, Jones being picked made it seem like Matt Millen may have actually put together a good first round for a change. Adding Jones to go along with Roy Williams, especially after trading down a spot for Williams and up a few spots for Jones, seemed smart. I stress the word seemed, because Jones never lived up to being a first-round pick.
Following a good rookie season, which saw Jones rush for 1,133 yards, his single-season totals never came close to threatening 1,000 yards, largely because of injury issues. He rushed for only 664 yards and 689 yards in his second and third seasons, and in 2007 he had only 581 yards. Over this time his touchdown numbers actually improved, and his yards per carry number stayed constant at 3.8 in 2006 and 2007. His overall production was just not there, however, and 2007 turned out to be his last year in Detroit. After being released by the Lions he joined the Bears, but that lasted for only one season. Now he, like many former Millen draft picks, is playing in the UFL.
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