Re-grading the Detroit Lions 2023 draft one year later

Let's go back and re-grade the Detroit Lions' 2023 draft class nearly one year later.
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DT, 3rd Round, Pick No. 96. . Brodric Martin. Brodric Martin pick grade. INC

Martin was not regarded anywhere, including at his own draft party when the Lions called him, as a Day 2 pick. But Holmes moved up to get him anyway, while surely knowing he had a lot of development to do coming out of Western Kentucky.

Martin wound up being a healthy scratch on a regular basis as a rookie, playing in three regular season games and seeing 28 defensive snaps. He'll surely have a larger role next season, not that his role can get any smaller, and new Lion DJ Reader is ready to mentor him.

Colby Sorsdal pick grade. C. OL, 5th Round, Pick No. 152. . Colby Sorsdal

Sorsdal almost got an incomplete grade too. But since he started three games (one at right guard, two at left guard), and played 253 offensive snaps, he played enough to get an actual assessment as he transitioned from small school offensive tackle (William & Mary) to guard as a pro.

Sorsdal was benched before that third start was over (Week 12), and he played right guard again the following week after Frank Ragnow left injured. With the offensive line finally totally healthy, he didn't play another offensive snap the rest of the season.

Sorsdal's PFF grades, weekly and on the whole, were dismal (to put in mildly), as he allowed a total of 14 pressures and nine hurries in his relatively limited action (per PFF). But as a developmental small school player making a position switch in the NFL, he gets a mulligan and a 'C' grade a year after being drafted.

INC. WR, 7th Round, Pick No. 219. . Antoine Green. Antoine Green pick grade

Green suited up for nine regular season games last season, but none came after Week 10 and 33 of his 106 offensive snaps came in the blowout loss to the Ravens. He did play a little bit in all three playoff games, but in total for the season he had one catch and two targets. He just didn't play enough to register any grade for his rookie season.

Some might see a path to Green emerging next season, with Josh Reynolds gone and a role available (pending a potential free agent signing and/or the draft). That would be one heck of a leap though, and the Lions surely aren't counting on it. But he stands to benefit from sticking around, with the practice squad to start the 2024 season looking pretty likely.

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