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How would you all grade the Lions 09 Draft Class?

Round Pick Player Position School

1 1 (1) Matt Stafford QB Georgia

1 20 (20) Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State

2 1 (33) Louis Delmas S Western Michigan

3 12 (76) DeAndre Levy OLB Wisconsin

3 18 (82) Derrick Williams WR Penn State

4 15 (115) Sammie Lee Hill DT Stillman

6 19 (192) Aaron Brown RB TCU

7 19 (228) Lydon Murtha T Nebraska

7 26 (235) Zach Follett OLB California

7 46 (255)* Dan Gronkowski TE Maryland

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I give it a B+

We addressed the tight ends that are needed to run Linehan's offense.

We addressed our sorry special teams play with Williams and Brown.

We got a possible franchise Quarterback.

Then possible steals with Follet and Murtha.

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Solid B... I probably wouldn't have went with Pettigrew, though the Lions made a very good selection there, excellent prospect.

The Levy pick is a bit puzzling, but I'm going to guess that he really impressed Schwartz somewhere along the way. The only really legitimate reach the Lions made all draft right there.

I'm also fairly impressed with the fact that they didn't mail in the later rounds, unlike in past years. Murtha, Follett, and Gronkowski all seem to be fairly good value picks, and I'm fairly confident that they'll get a quality player out of one of those three (probably either Murtha or Follett).

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Levy and Brown were the only two picks that I am having trouble comprehending. Other than that, they passed on some players I would have liked to have seen them take, but there seems to be good reason for them taking the players that they took. Right now, I'll give them a B. I think several other teams had worse drafts.

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A solid B.

They got three players who were rated #1 at their positions. Delmas and Pettigrew should start from day one, Stafford from later in the season.

Every pick is defensible even if I liked other players on the board at the time. They drafted good value later in the draft, especially in the 7th round.

Favorite pick: Sam Hill. Monster in the middle that all of us were dying to see them draft.

Worst pick: Derrick Williams. 4 year underachiever at Penn State. Not as fast as he needs to be. There were much better receiver/returner prospects on the board at the time.

Most Interesting Pick: DeAndre Levy. Athletic linebacker type. Will they move to a 3-4 without a plugger for the middle? Can Levy play the middle in a 4-3? Is he another Keith Bullock?

UDFA you want to see: Will Johnson and Frantz Joseph. Johnson is one of the strongest players in the draft and Frantz Joseph is a MLB banger that they don't have.

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I gave it an A...they got the top QB, TE and S on the first day...all of those were positions of need. Hill will be a suprise to many at DT and Levy and Williams will shore up t he special teams.

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Another draft and another year of ignoring the lines. The Lions have the worst lines in the NFL, yet refuse to fix the problem. How do they expect the backs and receivers to do anything when they keep trotting out the same scrubs on the o-line? How do they expect the LBs to do anything when the opposing o-line can engage them in blocking almost immediately since the d-line doesn't make an effort to stop them? How do they expect the secondary to do anything when hung out to dry with zero pressure on the QB?

It was good to see them make successful trades with Roy and Redding, but the Millen-esque draft is confusing.

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if we could have +,- I'd give it a B+, but at times I could give it a "holy crap I hope this is finally it" grade

I like the Stafford, Pettigrew, Delmas, and Hill picks. Then I'm worried about Levy. After that, the picks are decent filler, and if one of them works out then its great, if they don't no biggie.

I'm at the "hopeful" stage, meaning I think the Lions meant well, and I hope that the picks pan out in the end.

Its not the OMG THIS IS THE DRAFT THAT SENDS DETROIT TO THE SUPERBOWL NEXT YEAR! draft, but expecting that was silly anyway.

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Anyone grading them above a D is a sucker. You got suckered again.

and you are obviously in the minority.....:ponder:

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Anyone grading them above a D is a sucker. You got suckered again.

It's hard to be suckered *again* when you've disagreed with just about every Lions draft for the past 3 years.

This is the first time I've actually been comfortable with a Lions draft... EVER.

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I figured out how to fix the Lions defense. 3 things and here they are. Hear me out fellas.

1. Sign Leroy Hill and plug him at MLB.

2. Trade a 3rd round pick in next years draft to Philly for Sheldon Brown.

3.(shocker here) Trade a 4th and a 6th to the Browns for Shaun Rogers.

Wishful thinking I know but still very possible.

de white

dt jackson

dt rogers

de avril

wlb sims

mlb hill

slb peterson

cb buchannon

cb brown

ss bullocks

fs delmas

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those trades and pick ups would help....i give day 1 of the draft an A-...day 2, i give it a C-. I think with some of these picks we should of took someone else, didn't really address the O-line...we picked a tackle, but not til the 7th. I like the Sammie pick if he can turn into a more productive Shaun Rogers. Taking 2 OLB, maybe we are gonna try 3-4....I just want to see these guys in action.

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I'd call it an A-/B+. Like some of the posts above, the Levy pick is the only one I can't get my head around. It just seemed too early when there were other guys on the board who seemed more like sure things. But Schwartz deserves the benefit of the doubt, especially with defensive picks.

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those trades and pick ups would help....i give day 1 of the draft an A-...day 2, i give it a C-. I think with some of these picks we should of took someone else, didn't really address the O-line...we picked a tackle, but not til the 7th. I like the Sammie pick if he can turn into a more productive Shaun Rogers. Taking 2 OLB, maybe we are gonna try 3-4....I just want to see these guys in action.

I have a good feeling we will eventually move to the 3-4 too.

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Another draft and another year of ignoring the lines. The Lions have the worst lines in the NFL, yet refuse to fix the problem. How do they expect the backs and receivers to do anything when they keep trotting out the same scrubs on the o-line? How do they expect the LBs to do anything when the opposing o-line can engage them in blocking almost immediately since the d-line doesn't make an effort to stop them? How do they expect the secondary to do anything when hung out to dry with zero pressure on the QB?

It was good to see them make successful trades with Roy and Redding, but the Millen-esque draft is confusing.

What? The LT, RT and C were all picked in the first two rounds of thier respective drafts...RT was addressed last year...and Pettigrew lines up riiiiiiight next to Gosder at TE.

Averil, Fluellen and IAK were taken in the first three rounds on the defensive side.

They HAVE spent picks on the line

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Yeah, and I'll be laughing the next 2-3 years while you are whining about lack of player development.

knock yourself out :confused:

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knock yourself out :confused:

I will enjoy this. 0-10 breaks the NFL record for 26 in a row. I think their chances are excellent.

I am sure many of the same suckers were grading them A and B last year. You know, that brilliant Jordan Dizon pick in the 2nd round.

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Yeah, and I'll be laughing the next 2-3 years while you are whining about lack of player development.

At this point, I am going to give Schwartz the benefit of the doubt with player development. Pasts draft busts I think were a combination of poor coaching and bad picks.

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The Derrick Williams pick looks like a bad pick right now but I am excited about the prospect of him returning punts and kicks for us next year. When you have a bad offense and defense, special teams become that much more important. The Levy pick was the most questionable in my mind because the Lions have more depth at outside linebacker than any other position. They must have seen something they really liked in him.

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I will enjoy this. 0-10 breaks the NFL record for 26 in a row. I think their chances are excellent.

I am sure many of the same suckers were grading them A and B last year. You know, that brilliant Jordan Dizon pick in the 2nd round.

Which player would have prevented going 0-10 in your mind?

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D. We spent the first 2 picks on our stupid offense. Surprisingly, it is still defense that wins championships...

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What? The LT, RT and C were all picked in the first two rounds of thier respective drafts...RT was addressed last year...and Pettigrew lines up riiiiiiight next to Gosder at TE.

Averil, Fluellen and IAK were taken in the first three rounds on the defensive side.

They HAVE spent picks on the line

Since they have spent early picks on bad players in the past, I should not expect them to fill holes with quality players under a new administration? They should just continue with the same junk on the worst lines in the NFL just because they were drafted in the first three rounds? The guys you listed are part of the problem (not Cherilus yet since Marinelli wanted the terrible duo of Foster and Backus to play in front of him and didn't give him a chance).

The Lions need to fix the line with quality guys and now that the Lions have new people in the front office, I was expecting them to make decisions to fill the most important holes on the team. I guess I was expecting too much.

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