How Each Draft Pick Fits into Detroit Lions' Plan in 2012

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How Each Draft Pick Fits into Detroit Lions' Plan in 2012
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If there's one thing I can say for sure about the Detroit Lions' 2012 draft class, it's that it has very little to do with the 2012 Detroit Lions.

With eight picks, it's entirely possible the Lions drafted exactly zero starters.

That has less to do with the talent level of the players and a lot more to do with the fact that the team is built well enough right now to not get an instant upgrade from a rookie player and the fact that the Lions plan on being very good for a very long time.

For that reason, this might be Martin Mayhew's least popular draft since 2009, but it might also be one of the best when all is said and done.

But there's little point in projecting what these players are going to do in 2014, even though that will likely be when they start having their greatest impact. But how do these guys figure into the Lions' plans in 2012? Is there any instant impact to be found in this class?

The short answer is maybe. The longer answer is spread over the next eight pages.

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