Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/17/13
It comes as no surprise to anyone that the Detroit Lions aren’t what you would call one of the most successful franchises in NFL history.In fact, they might be one of the most down-trodden cities in all of sports, and the Lions are a big reason to why.Building a team through collegiate prospects is exactly what the NFL Draft was, and still is intended for.Teams throughout league history have used the Draft to build Super Bowl champions, while others have whiffed and missed on players that have become Hall-of-Famers, while their respective picks have become nothing more than footnotes in NFL lore.The Detroit Lions have plenty of draft day regrets.You can name wide receiver Charles Rogers, quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Andre Ware as some of the teams most notorious draft day regrets in franchise history, but when you look back at all of the Drafts over the past thirty years, one name sticks out above the rest, mainly because of who the Lions passed to draft him.James Jones, former ...
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