Detroit Lions 2012 NFL Draft: 5 Day Three Targets with Starting Potential

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Detroit Lions 2012 NFL Draft: 5 Day Three Targets with Starting Potential
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Mayhew's greatest late-round gem to date

Martin Mayhew, deserved or not, has developed a reputation for plucking talented footballer out of the third day of the NFL draft. In his tenure as GM, the Lions have received quality (for a day-three player) contributions from Sammie Hill, Zach Follett and Willie Young. He has also added talented depth players like Jason Fox, Doug Houge and Johnny Culbreath, who have yet to get a chance to play.

With this in mind, day three of the draft is still very important for Lions fans, so I will break down five players who I think have the potential to be contributors despite their lowly draft status. They are also mainly players in positions of need, as taking developmental players who do not fill need only occurs when there is an unexpected slider in the draft. This is impossible to predict without being bashed, so I will steer clear of that.

Enjoy! 

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