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Based on the Lions' progress from last year, the rookies of 2012 won't be forced to make an immediate splash on this team. In the Lions' favor, however, they still have players who can play right away or be groomed for the future.
The Lions' three best picks in the draft were Riley Reiff, Travis Lewis and Ronnell Lewis. Reiff was one of the top offensive lineman and was essentially a no-brainer pick who can play right away. Travis and Ronnell Lewis are both hidden gems who can play special teams, as well as rotational players on the defensive side of the ball.
Travis Lewis is a versatile linebacker who can drop back in coverage against running backs or tight ends. He could see time behind DeAndre Levy on third down and make an impact on special teams.
Ronnell Lewis played as a 3-4 outside linebacker for Oklahoma and could used as a 4-3 edge rusher in Detroit. Don't expect game-breaking, starters numbers, but he could be as productive as Willie Young was in his second season.
On the other side, the Lions selected guys who will need time to live up to their potential, including Ryan Broyles.
Broyles was arguably the most confusing pick the Lions made as they gambled with their second-round selection. He is coming off a devastating ACL injury at Oklahoma and won't see many reps as a starter due to the Lions' crowded depth chart at wide receiver. On a different team, Broyles is talented enough to play right away with his sure hands, crisp route running and game-breaking ability. However, his value won't be shown until his second or third year in the league.