2012 NFL Draft: Grading the Detroit Lions New Draftees

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2012 NFL Draft: Grading the Detroit Lions New Draftees
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The Detroit Lions found an all-important balance between value and need in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Players like offensive tackle Riley Reiff and cornerback Dwight Bentley can step in immediately and contribute.

Later round guys such as linebacker Travis Lewis and cornerback Chris Greenwood need to develop their skill sets.

The Lions addressed needs while avoiding reaching for prospects they coveted (except for a certain second-round pick).

Is it too soon to grade and rank how these players will turn out in the NFL?

Absolutely.

Is it too soon to judge the value of where they were drafted and their potential?

No.

So let's do the latter and rank the Lions draft picks and give them letter grades as well.

First up is a pick that never should have been made...

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