Lions Draft History
• The Lions rank 28th in the NFL with an "average draft value" of 11.1 per draft pick. The overall league average is 12.7. The Pittsburgh Steelers rank No. 1 at 16.37, followed by the Indianapolis Colts (15.27), Green Bay Packers (14.86), Baltimore Ravens (14.71) and New England Patriots (14.71). It should be no coincidence that each of those teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 1996 (four of them won at least two).
• The best Lions draft pick since 1996 was wide receiver Calvin Johnson, drafted No. 2 overall in 2007. The biggest bust was another wide receiver at No. 2 overall, Charles Rogers in 2003.
• The Lions' best draft class before 2012 was in 2001. They selected offensive tackle Jeff Backus with the No. 18 overall pick, then selected center Dominic Raiola and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers in the second round.
• Some of the best players the Lions have left on the table over the years: Wide receivers Andre Johnson and Anquan Boldin in 2003 (they picked Rogers instead); cornerbacks Ronde Barber and Sam Madison in 1997 (they picked Bryant Westbrook instead); receivers Roddy White and Vincent Jackson in 2005 (they picked Mike Williams instead); and outside linebacker Donnie Edwards in 1996 (they took Reggie Brown instead).
• Of the 148 players the Lions have drafted since 1996, just 40 of them ended up with a draft value of "average" or better, and just 7 ended up "great." Meanwhile, 30 of them were "poor," 54 were "useless" and 24 didn't play.
Hopefully the new GM will do better.
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