Detroit Lions: Analyzing the Role of Each Player in the Lions' 2011 Draft Class

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Detroit Lions: Analyzing the Role of Each Player in the Lions' 2011 Draft Class
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Now that the 2011 NFL Draft (also known in Detroit as "Christmas in April") has concluded, it's time to look forward to the start of the season.

Okay, this year is a little different. It's actually time to look forward to the end of the lockout, then free agency, then the start of the season.

But I digress.

Fresh off of months upon months of speculation, hilariously incorrect mock drafts, and knee-jerk reactionary draft grades (par for the course), it is time for we analysts to move on to the next projection to get wrong: The role and effectiveness of those newly-drafted players.

Actually, though, the Lions have made this one relatively easy. Every player drafted last weekend has a clear purpose and are filling an obvious hole on the team.

Don't believe me? Read on.

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