The Matt Millen Effect

April 28, 2007 I was all giddy with excitement when I went in for work that beautiful spring day.  Most draft experts had predicted that the most exciting wide out prospect since Randy Moss, minus the personal baggage,  would land in Tampa.  After enduring a long 4-12 season there was hope that we may select the most explosive playmaking reciever the franchise  had ever seen.  Unfortunately that excitment was short lived, for the third year in a row Matt Millen, probably the worst GM in NFL history drafted a  wide out, the one the organization and fan base coveted Calvin Johnson.  I felt as though someone had stole my prom date.  I can only imagine what went on in the war room with Gruden, Bruce Allen and company, but I'm sure it was alot of bleeped the bleep bleep Matt Millen.  As a result we drafted Gaines Adams supposedly I solid defensive end prospect out of Clemson.  A safe pick.  It filled a need and if he truly develop into the prospect some thought he may become he might make us all forget about Calvin Johnson.  But lets look at that draft and all the players we pass on because Allen/Gruden team lack imagination and quite frankly good judgment of talent outside the tackle box.


1 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell Quarterback LSU
2 Detroit Lions Dayhandler, NickCalvin Johnson Wide Receiver Georgia Tech
3 Cleveland Browns Joe Thomas Offensive Tackle Wisconsin
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adams, GainesGaines Adams Defensive End Clemson
5 Arizona Cardinals Brown, LeviLevi Brown Offensive Tackle Penn State
6 Washington Redskins Landry, LaRonLaRon Landry Safety LSU
7 Minnesota Vikings Peterson, AdrianAdrian Peterson Running back Oklahoma
8 Atlanta Falcons (from Houston) [9] Anderson, JamaalJamaal Anderson Defensive End Arkansas
9 Miami Dolphins Ginn, Jr., TedTed Ginn, Jr. Wide Receiver Ohio State
10 Houston Texans (from Atlanta) [9] Okoye, AmobiAmobi Okoye Defensive Tackle Louisville
11 San Francisco 49ers Willis, PatrickPatrick Willis Linebacker Ole Miss
12 Buffalo Bills Lynch, MarshawnMarshawn Lynch Running back California
13 St. Louis Rams Carriker, AdamAdam Carriker Defensive End Nebraska
14 New York Jets (from Carolina) [10] Revis, DarrelleDarrelle Revis Cornerback Pittsburgh
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Timmons, LawrenceLawrence Timmons Linebacker Florida State
16 Green Bay Packers Harrell, JustinJustin Harrell Defensive Tackle Tennessee
17 Denver Broncos (from Jacksonville) [11] Moss, JarvisJarvis Moss Defensive End Florida
18 Cincinnati Bengals Hall, LeonLeon Hall Cornerback Michigan
19 Tennessee Titans Griffin, MichaelMichael Griffin Safety Texas
20 New York Giants Ross, AaronAaron Ross Cornerback Texas
21 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Denver) [11] Nelson, ReggieReggie Nelson Safety Florida
22 Cleveland Browns (from Dallas) [12] Quinn, BradyBrady Quinn Quarterback Notre Dame
23 Kansas City Chiefs Bowe, DwayneDwayne Bowe Wide Receiver LSU
24 New England Patriots (from Seattle) [13] Meriweather, BrandonBrandon Meriweather Safety Miami (Florida)
25 Carolina Panthers (from New York Jets) [10] Beason, JonJon Beason Linebacker Miami (Florida)
26 Dallas Cowboys (from Philadelphia) [14] Spencer, AnthonyAnthony Spencer Defensive End Purdue
27 New Orleans Saints Meachem, RobertRobert Meachem Wide Receiver Tennessee
28 San Francisco 49ers (from New England) [15] Staley, JoeJoe Staley Offensive Tackle Central Michigan
29 Baltimore Ravens Grubbs, BenBen Grubbs Offensive Guard Auburn
30 San Diego Chargers Davis, CraigCraig Davis Wide Receiver LSU
31 Chicago Bears Olsen, GregGreg Olsen Tight End Miami (Florida)
32 Indianapolis Colts Gonzalez, AnthonyAnthony Gonzalez Wide Receiver Ohio State


There's alot of nice names on that list most notably Adrian Peterson, Laron Landry, and yes even Brady Quinn.  The ripple continue.  The ripple continues.  The following year in attempt to inject some "juice" into the offense the old regime then decided to be creative and reach on a speedster from appalachain st. Dexter Jackson probably still thinking of what could have been with Johnson.  One problem he was track star playing football, and not a football player with track star speed and one year later is no longer on the team.  Now here we are looking like a team that could go winless for the second time in franchise history.  Remember Gruden and Allen didn't have 1st round picks for the first 2 years of their reign and also missed out on a 2nd and 3rd during that time, they could hardly afford to throw away another 1st on a bust in Adams and a 2nd on a bust in Jackson.  Our roster is now filled with second day draft picks, damn that Matt Millen!

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