This is not your granddaddy's Detroit Lions team. No longer does this franchise go through the motions, treating their annual Thanksgiving Day game like the Super Bowl.
The 2012 Lions should be in the middle of a heated battle to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. To get there, they'll need everyone to bring their A-games, and this includes the rookies.
Here are my projected statistics for the five Detroit Lions rookies (other than Riley Reiff) who should have the biggest impact on the outcome of the 2012 campaign.