NFL Draft: Ranking Every Detroit Lions Draft of the Last Decade

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NFL Draft: Ranking Every Detroit Lions Draft of the Last Decade
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With the 2011 NFL Draft close at hand, Detroit Lions fans are full of questions.

And not just the simple ones, like "who will they draft in the first round?"

No, the real question this year is whether the Lions' front office can continue its recent drafting success, despite having fewer and lower picks than ever before.

Sure, it's easy to pick a new franchise quarterback with the first overall pick and the Rookie of the Year with the second.

Now what can they do with the 13th?

To answer that question, let's take a look at the past decade of Lions drafts.

To put it more directly, let's look at every one of Matt Millen's drafts and both of Martin Mayhew's drafts and pit them against one another.

And yes, it IS too early to accurately judge either of Mayhew's drafts under the "three years" doctrine. Matthew Stafford's long term viability will have a major effect on the final score of the 2009 draft, but for now, we'll just call it on what we have seen so far and projected long term potential.

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