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 2011 NFL Draft gets started in 12 days with the first of seven rounds. There were as many as 12 rounds through the early 90s. One former Lions player that benefited from the longer draft was Rob Rubick.
Rubick was a tight end out of Grand Valley State that became a Lions as a 12th round draft pick in 1982. He ended up playing seven seasons with the Lions and now makes occasional appearances on local football broadcasts including the MHSAA championship games and Lions preseason games.