Ranking the Top 10 Lions quarterbacks of all-time

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3. Scott Mitchell

I think it's about time we get to a more respectable name. At no. 3 overall on the Lions' all-time quarterback list, it's Scott Mitchell. Originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 1990 NFL Draft, Mitchell spent a few years there before he signed in Detroit in 1994.

Mitchell would then go on to spend five seasons with the Lions, and put up some real, strong seasons while he was there. His best year came in 1995 when he completed nearly 60 percent of his passes, throwing for 4,338 yards, 32 touchdowns and just 12 picks. Mitchell even led the Lions to a 10-6 record that year, yet he was not voted to the Pro Bowl.

He would later have another fairly successful season in 1997, leading the Lions to a 9-7 record and throwing for 3,484 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. It wasn't quite as prolific a year as that '95 season, but for a Lions quarterback, we'll call it a success.

Mitchell sits third all-time in passing yards in Detroit's history, with 12,647. He threw 79 touchdowns to 57 picks over his time in Detroit. In terms of a Lions quarterback, Mitchell was just about all you could ask for. Was he ever a Pro Bowler or All Pro? No, but by no means was he a typical Detroit quarterback. Mitchell was a respectable name in Detroit for five years.