April’s NFL draft will be a different experience from what Lions fans are used to. Forget the top five, the Lions won’t even pick in the top ten.
It feels like the Lions have been picking near the top of the draft for a decade. In truth, it wasn’t all that long ago that the Lions were in a similar position. They held the 17th pick in the 2008 draft and selected offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus. The Lions also drafted Brandon Pettigrew and Jahvid Best near the end of the first round but those picks came as a result of trades, the Lions had already made their first pick several hours earlier.
Some might feel that a lower draft pick could stunt the Lions growth into a playoff contender. Don’t worry, they will have their shot at plenty of good players.
So, what can you get for the 13th pick in the draft? Glad you asked, I wondered the same thing.
The table below contains a list of the last ten players drafted number 13 overall:
|2010||Philadelphia Eagles||Brandon Graham|
|2009||Washington Redskins||Brian Orakpo|
|2008||Carolina Panthers||Jonathan Stewart|
|2007||St. Louis Rams||Adam Carriker|
|2006||Cleveland Browns||Kamerion Wimbley|
|2005||New Orleans Saints||Jammal Brown|
|2004||Buffalo Bills||Lee Evans|
|2003||New England Patriots||Ty Warren|
|2002||New Orleans Saints||Donte Stallworth|
|2001||Jacksonville Jaguars||Marcus Stroud|
The list includes some hits, some misses and a few for which the jury is still out. As long as the Lions choose wisely, and we have every reason to believe they will, they should end up with a player that could be very productive and an important part of their path towards the playoffs.