Calvin Johnson is an outstanding receiver. His biggest problem, is that he is a member of the Detroit Lions. Still, do not let that stop you from picking up the Calvin Johnson Rookie Card. This lion intends to be roaring for quite some time.
Calvin Johnson was picked up by the Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft, and it puzzled many Detroit fans as to why on earth they would waste another first round pick on a receiver. The past receivers drafted under former Lions President and GM Matt Millen had turned out to be major busts. Former Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers was ranked as the #1 biggest wide-receiver bust in the past 20 years, and that’s not even mentioning the disappointment with former USC Trojan Mike Williams. So for Detroit to again draft a receiver it seemed like just another idiotic move by the Lions front office.
In 2007 it looked like Johnson might fit the mold as another bust as he barely averaged 3 receptions a game. However, Calvin Johnson is a different breed. While working with over 3 different quarterbacks in the past 3 seasons, Johnson has helped give the Lions passing attack a huge boost.
This former Blitnikoff Award winner has incredible physical tools that he would soon utilize as the Detroit Lions could finally say they drafted a true professional. In 2008 he had his breakout season and showed that he isn’t going to be the type of person to let his potential go unfulfilled. Johnson caught 78 passes in 2008 while gaining 1331 receiving yards and being voted as a Pro-Bowl alternate.
He was expected to have another solid year in 2009 with 1st pick Matthew Stafford at quarterback. They developed some chemistry over the course of the season, but Detroit just never really got going as a team. The Lions record of futility has continued. While they were able to finally get a victory over the St. Louis Rams, their overall record was still a terrible 2-14, giving them only 2 wins in the past 2 seasons. To make matters worse, their win over the Cleveland Browns was made possible only by a pass interference call in the end-zone with no time remaining, giving the Lions an untimed down to score a touchdown.
But while the Detroit organization struggles to even live up to just that, being an organization, it is no question that it was the right decision to draft Calvin Johnson. If he and Stafford can be healthy and mature for the next few seasons, the sky is the limit. The sky is the limit for the Calvin Johnson Rookie Card, if they can finally figure out a way to consistently win in Detroit.