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Lions Re-Draft: 2001 Edition
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The end of the Super Bowl officially marks the beginning of the off-season for all 32 NFL franchises.

While most of America spent the Christmas season sipping egg nog and participating in friendly conversation with loved ones, NFL players spent theirs trash talking and trying not to get their heads ripped off.

The off-season is a holiday of sorts for NFL players. Some go to Disney World, while others head for warmer climates. Many decide to head home and get in some good R&R.

However, amongst all this merriment and frivolity, front offices find themselves hard at work— not unlike Ebeneezer Scrooge.

For team presidents, general managers, scouts, executives and coaching staffs, the off-season may be the busiest time of the year.

In the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge is visited by the Spirit of Christmas Past.

He reveals decisions that led to his current miserable state. Eventually, he  is brought to a penitent state and vows to change his ways.

With all the media attention of the new look Lions, it is hard to forget the decade of futility that preceded it.

Headlined by an 0-16 season, the Millen era is perhaps the darkest decade in Lions team history.

In this re-draft, we will be visited by the Spirit of Draft Past and look at at what picks should have been made to prevent the Lions' epic downfall.

Hold on to your hats boys and girls: The Lions Re-Draft is about to begin.

The date is April 21, 2001. With the 18th pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select ...

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