On Thursday, I mentioned that during the Matt Millen era, there was quite a list of second-round picks that turned out to be busts, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I don't know what it was about evaluating defensive players for the second round, but Millen seemed to miss on almost all of the players he selected.
The latest second-round defensive player to make the list of Detroit Lions draft busts since 2001 is Shaun Cody, a defensive tackle selected 37th overall out of USC in 2005. He spent four years in Detroit and started in a total of 11 games. He appeared in 16, 6, 15 and 16 games in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, respectively, which wasn't terrible. His stats were very lackluster, though. He had an average of only 23 or so tackles a season, and during his four years he had only 1.5 sacks (they all happened in 2005).
Cody left the Lions to join the Texans in 2009. He actually started 29 games in the past two seasons in Houston. His tackle numbers aren't that great, nor is his production for sacks (he has only 0.5). Even so, it seems like the Texans are getting more out of him than the Lions ever did, which seems to happen for a number of former Millen picks.
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