With the Lions' staff working tirelessly to find the next impact players to don the Honolulu and blue, it is a great time to take a trip down memory lane and relive some fond draft day moments.
I created a list the team's best picks from the years 2000-2009. This list is based on four different variables: how productive the player was, the player's projected future, where the player was drafted and the other players drafted after him.
This list is very subjective, and was tough to narrow down and order. The most staggering thing about the list: four of the 10 players on the were drafted in 2008 or 2009. This is saying something, because these guys have had so little time to prove themselves on the field. The players that were drafted earlier in the decade had time to develop and mature as players, and then produce at a high level once they reached their primes. These four players are already playing well for the Lions and filling nice roles for the team, despite not not having much time to develop.
One noticeable omission is Matthew Stafford. I wanted to stay away from uncertainties with this list, and ultimately, Stafford's health is too big of an issue moving forward. I like the kid's mental toughness and physical tools, but I need to see more productivity and durability before I anoint him as a 'great draft pick'.