Detroit Lions NFL Draft Countdown: 27 Days

Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!

The month of the draft is finally here and just 27 days remain until draft day!

What does the number 27 have to do with the Detroit Lions? That is their rank on the list of franchise values according to the Forbes list published prior to the 2010 season. The valuation was made last August and sandwiched the Lions between the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills at a team value of $817 million. [side note: William Clay Ford purchased the team for $5 million in 1964]

Here is “the skinny” according to Forbes:

The Lions have struggled to sell tickets since becoming the first team to lose all 16 regular season games in 2008. Last year half of the team’s eight home games were blacked out locally on TV and overall attendance of 395,162 was the second lowest in football ahead of only the Raiders. The team cut prices on 19,000 seats including 3,000 club seats before this season in hopes of boosting attendance. With the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl this year, the Lions are the only original NFL team never to have appeared in the big game.

Players drafted number 27 overall by the Detroit Lions:
Vern Huffman (1937), Thurman McGraw (1950), Don McIlhenny (1956), Bob Scholtz (1960), Roy Williams (1963), Aaron Gibson (1999)

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