As we head into summer, early NFL Preseason activities are upon us, and rookies all over the country are getting their first opportunities to prove their mettle.
The Detroit Lions held their rookie minicamp in early May, and while the long-term implications of that minicamp are no more conclusive than, say, the combine, it has given us more than enough early data to see which direction players are going into training camp.
That's the point of "stock up, stock down." Don't mistake anything here for a long-term prediction, or even a prediction of 2012 performance. This is merely a reaction to what rookies have shown in the brief month since the NFL Draft in April.
It's a small sample size, and it's based almost exclusively on rookies battling other rookies. But it's an early litmus test for the guys carrying the torch for the Lions in the future.
Besides, talking about the Lions' offseason is the least depressing story going in Detroit sports right now, so why don't we just run with this?