6. Eric Hipple
Now, we start to get into the portion of the list where longevity starts to count. At some point, it has to, right? Back in 1980, the Lions selected Eric Hipple out of Utah State in the fourth round. If you took a look at his college stats, we've come a long way when it comes to assessing the "NFL ready" type of quarterback.
At Utah State, Hipple threw for 6,073 yards, 34 touchdowns and 42 interceptions over four years. Somehow, those numbers were good enough to get him drafted, and in the fourth round, nonetheless.
Even funnier, Hipple would go on to play an entire 10-year career in Detroit. Now, he wasn't always starting due to injuries at whatnot, but he lasted a decade in the NFL, and go figure, it was with the Lions.
Hipple's best season as a pro came in 1985 when he threw for 2,952 yards, 17 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Once again, yes, this is his best season. Are you sensing a theme, here? Or, are we just used to it here in Detroit?
Hipple ranks sixth on the Lions' all-time passing list with 10,711 yards, while he threw 55 touchdowns and 70 interceptions.