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This is a tricky subject for Lions fans. After years of abhorrent drafting under pillar of ineptitude Matt Millen, getting a GM that could get even a first-round pick right was a breath of fresh air.
His successor Martin Mayhew has clearly guided the Lions to a more successful place. Yet the successes would be far greater if Mayhew were better at finding more draft picks that could contribute.
More than half his picks from his first three drafts, 12 of 21 to be exact, are no longer with the team. These are the players who would be in their third through fifth seasons, the time when most hit their primes.
Instead the Lions have to scramble for street free agents to fill the holes.
It doesn't help that three of the final four picks from this year's draft failed to make the team. Tight end Michael Williams wound up on injured reserve with a broken hand, which definitely qualifies as a stash job.
Wideout Corey Fuller and linebacker Brandon Hepburn both found themselves among the final cuts and will spend their rookie seasons on the practice squad. Two picks from 2012, DE Ronnell Lewis and CB Chris Greenwood, also failed to make the roster.
Other teams have similar woes, so it's not all that unusual for many draft picks to wash out quickly. But in Detroit, because of the soul-sucking blackness under Millen, the failures stand out more acutely.