The 15 Greatest Draft Picks of the Last 25 Years: Detroit Lions

Tony MeyerAnalyst IMarch 30, 2009

The 15 Greatest Draft Picks of the Last 25 Years: Detroit Lions

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 27:   Defensive End Robert Porcher #91 of the Detroit Lions celebrates during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 27, 2002 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Lions 24-17.

Lomas Brown, T, Florida

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    6 Dec 1992: Left tackle Lomas Brown of the Detroit Lions sets to pass block during the Lions 38-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jerry Ball, DT, SMU

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    25 Oct 1992: Defensive lineman Jerry Ball of the Detroit Lions looks on during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Lions won the game, 38-7.

Chris Spielman, LB, Ohio State

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    8 Oct 1995:  Linebacker Chris Spielman of the Detroit Lions jogs off the field during the Lions 38-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan.   Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT

Ray Crockett, DB, Baylor

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    6 SEP 1992:  DEFENSIVE BACK RAY CROCKETT OF THE DETROIT LIONS BLITZES DURING THE LIONS 27-24 LOSS TO THE CHICAGO BEARS AT SOLDIER FIELD IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT

Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State

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    9 Nov 1997:  Running back Barry Sanders #20 of the Detroit Lions during the Lions 30-7 loss to the Washington Redskins at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in Landover, Maryland. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport

Herman Moore, WR, Virginia

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    13 Oct 1996:  Wide receiver Herman Moore of the Detroit Lions looks on during a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won the game, 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

Robert Porcher, DE, South Carolina State

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    DETROIT- DECEMBER 29:  Defensive end Robert Porcher #91 of the Detroit Lions celebrates during the NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on December 29, 2002 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Vikings defeated the Lions 38-36.  (Photo by Tom Pidgeo

Jason Hanson, K, Washington State

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 22:  Jason Hanson #4 of the Detroit Lions prepares to kick during the NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 22, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Falcons defeated the Lions 36-15. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty

Cory Schlesinger, FB, Nebraska

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 15:  Running back Cory Schlesinger #30 of the Detroit Lions stands on the field during the NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Ericsson Stadium on September 15, 2002 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 31-7. (Pho

Stephen Boyd, LB, Boston College

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    21 Nov 1999:  Stephen Boyd #57 of the Detriot Lions is ready during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw  /Allsport

Dominic Raiola, C, Nebraska

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    ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 7: Center Dominic Raiola #51 of the Detroit Lions watches play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 7, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Shaun Rogers, DT, Texas

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    SAN ANTONIO - DECEMBER 24:  Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers #93 of the Detroit Lions smiles after a touchdown fumble recovery against the New Orleans Saints on December 24, 2005 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Lions defeated the Saints 13-12.  (

Cory Redding, DT, Texas

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    IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 20:  Cory Redding #78 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench during their game against the Dallas Cowboys on November 20, 2005 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Lions 20-7.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/

Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 05:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass during warm up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 5, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kevin Smith, RB, Central Florida

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 23:  Running back Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions carries the ball past Kevin Carter #93 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of the NFL game at Ford Field on November 23, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Chri