Is the curse finally over for the Lions? The Detroit News points out that now the Lions and fans can breathe easy, as the Matt Millen Era is officially over as with the release of safety Daniel Bullocks Thursday, the team no longer has any draft picks on their roster:
The release of Lions safety Daniel Bullocks on Thursday wiped clean the slate of the worst five-year stretch of drafting in NFL history. From 2002 through 2006, the Lions drafted 39 players — five of whom were taken in the top 10 picks. Bullocks represented the last remaining player on the roster from that stretch of drafting by former president and general manager Matt Millen that ultimately set the franchise back who knows how far. Current Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, who took over for Millen when he was fired in September 2008, was recently asked how the franchise stands today, as opposed to when he took over for Millen.
“I think we are a much better football team. I think we are a much better organization. It’s not me; I think we’ve done it collectively. We have come a long way,” he said. “Obviously, the talent level has improved. We’ve had two good drafts. There is a lot of work for those guys to still do to prove that, but we are pleased with the process that we have with our drafts and we are pleased with the way these guys have developed so far.” That hasn’t translated to victories on the field thus far, but there’s a real sense from talking with players who outlasted Millen’s reign, former players still hanging around Detroit and people within the organization that the Lions seem to be on the right path.