Detroit Lions: Grades and Awards for the Last Five NFL Drafts

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Detroit Lions: Grades and Awards for the Last Five NFL Drafts
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They say it takes three years to accurately grade an NFL draft. Incidentally, it has been three years since Martin Mayhew's first draft as general manager of the Detroit Lions. It seems like a good time to begin evaluating Mayhew's prowess at one of his most important jobs: drafting good football players.

I could grade the Detroit Lions' 2009 draft, but you readers deserve more than that. So instead, I bring you the Lions' last five drafts, complete with overall grades, best and worst picks, best value and biggest disappointment.

Pay particular attention to the 2007/2008 drafts and the 2009 draft. The difference between a Matt Millen draft and a Martin Mayhew draft is staggering.

And I'm more than willing to bring to light any factual basis for appreciating Martin Mayhew's fantastic work for the Detroit Lions, so here we go.

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