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!
19 days remain until the event that will bring in a new crop of players that will be expected to contribute to the organization’s ascent. This draft figures to be heavy on the defensive side of the ball. The team’s biggest needs are on defense but that didn’t keep the 2010 Lions from turning in the best defensive performance in recent memory.
The Lions defense had become known for giving up points in bunches. that started to change last season; the team ended ranked 19th in points allowed. That still ranks in the bottom half of the league but is a leaps and bounds improvement compared to the last several seasons. No one gave up more points than the Lions in 2009, 2008 or 2007 and it has been since 2004 that the Lions ranked better than 19th in points allowed.
Players drafted number 19 overall by the Detroit Lions:
Ralph Heywood (1944), Dick Stanfel (1951), Mike Rabold (1959), Steve Owens (1970)