Re-Evaluating Detriot Lions Draft Class of 2007
Its popular to grade a teams draft immediately following the April event. However, to truly grade a teams draft you need to wait three or four seasons. Now that the 2010 draft has been completed, I want to look back at 2007 and see how the Lions did, and with 20/20 hindsight see where they could have made better choices.
The only pick former Lions GM Matt Millen didn't completely screw up. Detroit grabbed WR Calvin Johnson with the No. two overall pick.
It is hard to argue this pick and if Detroit got to re-draft they probably would have taken Johnson again. Players who the Lions would have at least considered include: Adrian Peterson and Patrick Wills.
My grade: A
Calvin Johnson demands double and often triple teams. If the Lions can get a consistent running game and another dependable receiver, expect Johnson to put up huge numbers.
The Lions traded down with the Bills and drafted Drew Stanton at No. 11 (43,) then traded up to get Ikaika Alama-Francis at 26(58,) and traded up one more time to select Gerald Alexander at 29(61.)
The second was not very kind to Detroit. Stanton is still on the bench, and Alexander and Alama-Francis are no longer with the team.
If the Lions could get a redo they probably wouldn't have traded up to pick Alexander and Alama-Francis.
If Detroit doesn't trade down they should have selected MLB Paul Posluszny or QB Kelvin Kolb.
If they decided to move down they would have kept pick No. 74 overall and probably still could have taken a shot at Alama-Francis or Alexander at that point with their original third round pick and the Bills pick. QB Trent Edwards probably would have been a better pick over Stanton. The other option at No. 43 overall would have been LB LaMarr Woodley.
My grade: D-
This should probably just be a plain F as the Lions over valued and drafted in the second round. I give the second round a D- because Stanton is still the backup in Detroit and Alexander had a decent season for Jacksonville.
The Lions had no third round picks after moving up.
My grade: F
The Lions most likely could have gotten both Alexander and Alama-Francis in the third round.
The Lions drafted A.J. Davis at number 105 overall. Davis hasn't played in the NFL. The Lions traded up to draft Manuel Ramirez at 118. Ramirez was the best pick from this class other than Calvin Johnson.
Players the Lions could have looked at: anyone other than Davis.
My grade: C-
Davis was a wasted pick, but Ramirez has been a consistent starter for Detroit.
Drafted Jonny Baldwin at 158. Baldwin didn't make it in the NFL. Players the Lions could have drafted include DB Kevin Payne, and DB William Gay.
My grade F
The Lions got zero production out of the 5th round.
R ound Six
The Lions did not have a sixth round selection due to trades.
Ramzee Robinson "Mr. Irrelevant" at number 255 has played a handful of games the last couple of years. For a pick at 255 he's about what you expect.
My grade C
Robinson at least played for the Lions.
Overall the Lions deserve a D for their 2007 draft. Calvin Johnson and Manuel Ramirez are the only players who have significantly contributed to the Lions.
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