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Matt Millen on Drafting as a General Manager in the NFL

Matt Millen joined Jeff Thurn on Friday’s edition of Overtime on ESPN 99.1. Millen played 12 years in the NFL and was general manager of the Detroit Lions from 2001-2007. Currently, he serves as a television analyst with ESPN and the NFL Network.

Thurn asks the former general manager about picks he loved in the first round of the NFL Draft earlier in May: 

“I think there is a lot of them. It’s for the scheme, and how they are going to use them. To me, the kid who is the most ready right now, a plug in play was Jake Matthews (taken by Atlanta). I thought Matthews when you watched him, it looked like he came out of the womb ready to protect. He chose the right position, his hands are right, and I had the chance to talk to him when I was out at the Combine and I’ve known him since he was a kid. I saw him out there, and so I got his hands up, and gave him a shot, and he immediately dropped to the right spot. I laughed to myself because he is so well-trained. He is so ready, and I think that was a great pick down in Atlanta.”

Millen on how tough it was to watch players he drafted in Detroit not pan out on the football field: 

“Well, there’s always a reason why it happened. Sometimes you miss. I thought we missed on Mike Williams. What we missed on was the attitude and work ethic. We got fooled and that was on me a 100%. Others they get hurt. What are you going to do? Like, Charles Rogers, everybody had high grades on him. Who knew he would break his shoulder in Week 6 and come back the next year in the first game, third play and break his shoulder again. It was over. Those things happen. They are frustrating, and it’s part of the game. There’s nothing you can do about it. Sometimes you get a Shaun Rogers, or get yourself Calvin Johnson and sometimes you don’t.”

To catch the rest of Millen’s interview with Thurn, listen below:

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