NFL Draft Picks Who Would Be Instant Starters for the Detroit Lions

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NFL Draft Picks Who Would Be Instant Starters for the Detroit Lions
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The Detroit Lions' 2012 draft was an anomaly as drafts go.

The Lions brought in eight new players, but found no opening-day starters. Bill Bentley and Jonte Green made some starts over the course of the season, but Bentley was done after four games, and Green only started out of a sheer lack of options.

As for the others, while they may have taken snaps, the Lions didn't start any of their 2012 draft picks in their rookie seasons. That's less a statement on the quality of those picks, and more about the Lions drafting with long-term strategy in mind.

However, this year the Lions are likely to lose (or cut) a number of veteran starters, which will open the door for not only the 2012 draft class to step into starting roles, but also some 2013 draft picks.

Obviously, whether a player starts in his first year has as much to do with his performance in training camp and practice as anything else, so it's impossible to tell if any of these players are actually of starting quality just yet.

So while there are no guarantees at this stage, these are the players who have, perhaps, the best chance of both being drafted by, and starting for, the Lions in 2013.

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