Following a promising rookie season, a former second-round pick for the Detroit Lions had problems staying healthy and was never the same. His career never recovered after the injuries and now he is playing in the UFL. If this story sounds familiar, it's because it is. Many former second-round picks of the Lions have followed this career path, and the latest to land on the list of busts since 2001 because of it is Teddy Lehman.
In 2004, Lehman was picked 37th overall by the Lions. His rookie season was outstanding, as Lehman recorded 102 tackles and started all 16 games. It looked like the Lions found a starter for years to come, but then Lehman was riddled with injuries beginning in 2005. He played in only five games in 2005 and only four in 2006. None of those appearances were starts. In 2007, Lehman managed to play in all 16 games, recording 27 tackles. He didn't make a single start, however. In fact, Lehman started a total of zero games after his rookie season.
After spending some time on the Buccaneers roster during the 2008 offseason, Lehman was signed by the Lions just as training camp was set to begin. By Aug. 4 he was back on the injured reserve, and four days later he was released. Since then he has spent time with the Bills and Jaguars and most recently the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.
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