The Detroit Lions best draft picks by round since 2009
Third Round – Graham Glasgow, C/G
Kenny Golladay, Graham Glasgow, Travis Swanson, Larry Warford, and DeAndre Levy have all been starters for the duration of their time on the Lions roster; we should expect that third round picks are starters and that they should be quality starters. However, the former general managers of the Detroit Lions have still had difficulties getting quality even in Day 2 of the draft.
Our pick for the best pick to this point is the offensive center, Graham Glasgow. Glasgow has been durable and steady in the middle since being drafted out of the University of Michigan in 2016. Two years ago he was the only member of the line to start every game.
Second Round – Darius Slay, CB
Kerryon Johnson, A’Shawn Robinson, Darius Slay, and Louis Delmas have been the biggest names among the second-round selections. We can rule out second-year running back, Kerryon Johnson, just due to lack of a body of work. The others have all been good for stretches but there is a clear best option, whose career has been punctuated by multiple trips to the Pro Bowl, Darius Slay.
Slay has been with the team since 2013 and was drafted out of the Mississippi State to play cornerback. Two trips to the Pro Bowl later, he is the most decorated current member of the Lions is in his prime and is widely considered to be a premier shut-down player, not to mention that the finger-wag is just fire.
Again, less good choices but the few that stuck have been good.