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Detroit Lions NFL Draft Countdown: 22 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!

We sit 22 days away from the start of the NFL draft. Today’s number has to do with one of the men that will play an important role in who will be the next college players to join the Lions and how they will ultimately fare in the NFL.

Jim Schwartz is a young man as far as NFL coaches go but I’m sure many fans will be surprised to learn that Jim Schwartz’s coaching career has included 22 seasons to date. He is seemingly the perfect combination of age, experience and temperament. It feels good believing that the Lions finally got a head coaching hire right.

Here is a look at all the stops and roles along the 22-year path:

Year Age Level Employer Role
1989 23 College University of Maryland Graduate Assistant
1990 24 College University of Minnesota Graduate Assistant
1991 25 College North Carolina Central Secondary
1992 26 College Colgate Linebackers
1993 27 NFL Cleveland Browns College/Pro Scout
1994 28 NFL Cleveland Browns College/Pro Scout
1995 29 NFL Cleveland Browns College/Pro Scout
1996 30 NFL Baltimore Ravens Defensive Assistant
1997 31 NFL Baltimore Ravens Defensive Assistant
1998 32 NFL Baltimore Ravens Defensive Assistant
1999 33 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Assistant
2000 34 NFL Tennessee Titans Linebackers
2001 35 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2002 36 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2003 37 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2004 38 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2005 39 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2006 40 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2007 41 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2008 42 NFL Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
2009 43 NFL Detroit Lions Head Coach
2010 44 NFL Detroit Lions Head Coach
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/6/2011.


Players drafted number 22 overall by the Detroit Lions:
Howie Weiss (1939), Russ Thomas (1946), Lou Kusserow (1949)

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