Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Among NFL's Best In Retaining 2009 Draft Class

The Detroit Lions’ 2009 draft was the first of Martin Mayhew’s tenure as general manager and was supposed to be the draft that put the Lions on the right road away from the NFL’s first 0-16 season. As it stands right now, only the Green Bay Packers have more players from their ’09 draft class than the Lions have from theirs.

The headliner was obviously Matthew Stafford as the first overall pick. Brandon Pettigrew and DeAndre Levy are the other two remaining from that class.

While the class did contain some misses, wide receiver Derrick Williams for instance, not everyone no longer on the team necessarily falls in that category.

Louis Delmas was an impact player in flashes but couldn’t be counted on to stay healthy. He played in all 16 games for the first time this past season but that feat came at the expense of a lot of practice time.

Zack Follet was on his way to becoming one of the league’s true special teams aces after being selected by the Lions in the seventh round but had his career cut short due to injury.

Sammie Hill was a solid rotational player in his four years with the team but was able to get more money and more playing time elsewhere. Losing him in free agency contributed to the Lions picking up a pair of compensatory selections in this year’s draft.

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