In this installment of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we honor a draft day steal from the second-round in 2001. Yes! It is true Lions’ fans, not every decision made by former Lions’ General Mis-Manager, Matt Millen, was a disaster.
90. Shaun Rogers
Defensive Tackle, 2001-07 Detroit; 2008-10 Cleveland Browns; 2011 New Orleans Saints; 2012 New York Giants
Drafted by the Lions in the second round (61st overall) in 2001, 6-foot-4, 320 pound, Shaun Rogers made an immediate impact for the Lions in his rookie season. An immediate starter, by week four of his rookie season, he was regularly being double-teamed by opposing offenses. Nevertheless, Rogers still managed 90 tackles (68 solo), 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 4 pass deflections in 16 games as a freshman. Over the next four seasons, Rogers would establish himself as one of the best defensive tackles in the league as he complied a combined 213 tackles (145 solo), 16 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 14 pass deflections. A two-time Pro Bowler with Detroit (2004-05), Rogers standing with the Lions took a tumble when he was suspended by the NFL for four games in 2006 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. With the suspension and various injuries, Rogers would only play in six games that season. In addition, he began to have issues with his weight, which had ballooned well above the 350 pound range.
But in 2007, Rogers rebounded with a fine season, with 39 tackles (26 solo), 7 sacks, 3 pass deflections and a memorable interception against the Denver Broncos at Ford Field, which Rogers took 66-yards to paydirt, after stiff-arming a would-be tackler and somersaulting over the goal line.
Detroit traded Rogers to the Cleveland Browns in February 2008 for cornerback, Leigh Bodden, and a 2008 3rd round pick which became defensive tackle, Andre Fullen.