Herman Moore. Brett Perriman. Johnnie Morton.
We remember the names. And we remember their fame. They formed the greatest group of wide receives in Lions history. Moore was the 100 catch man. He was big, strong and deadly on fade patterns in the corner of the endzone.
Perriman was the feisty and confident guy from the University of Miami. He was a possession receiver who always felt he should be the featured guy. And Morton was the speed guy. He could go up field for the big play. Sometimes he lacked maturity, but he was still dangerous.
The Lions may have a better group of receivers now.
Many of us were shocked when the Lions used the 10th pick in the 2005 NFL draft to select wide receiver Mike Williams from USC. At 6-foot-4, he is big and physical and could become a post up possession receiver in this league. But the Lions already have young big play receivers in Roy Williams and Charles Rogers. What did they need Williams for?
Personally I would have gone for Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson because the Lions can use as much help on defense as they can get.
However, I am not going to sweat them over the Williams pick. Isn't it about time the Lions had the best something in the NFC North Division?
In time this will be the most dangerous and productive trio in the division. That is if they all stay healthy.
I've already heard from some who say the Williams pick is in direct correlation to the Lions not trusting the health of Rogers who has barely made a blip because of two early season ending injuries the last two seasons.
That could be partially true. We cringe every time Rogers falls on his shoulder. And one of my boys in the media loves to call him China Doll.
However, the Williams pick might be more of a signal that the Lions want to get greedy rather than always staying needy.
My problem with the past Lions teams is they were always adjusting to other teams. They fielded teams to adjust to Randy Moss with Minnesota and Brett Favre with Green Bay.
Now teams must adjust to the Lions who can hurt teams with their trio or wide receivers along with young running back Kevin Jones.
The Lions proved they are not quite ready to be a championship caliber club by not thinking defense first.
But you know something. It sure is going to be exciting at Ford Field the next few years.