We can easily pick out the Lions’ best draft picks, but which was your favorite?
We’re just over a month away from the 2017 NFL Draft. For Detroit Lions fans, this is oftentimes the most exciting day on the season schedule. Never is optimism at its highest than on draft day.
The Lions have a history of busted picks, poor decisions and general ineptitude when it comes to the NFL Draft, but it hasn’t all been bad. The Lions have added Pro Bowlers, All-Pros, and even (in rare cases) Hall of Famers.
So instead of focusing on the bad, let’s celebrate the good. Today’s Question of the Day is:
Who is your favorite Lions draft pick of all time?
My answer: I’d love to say a guy like Matthew Stafford, but I was firmly in the Aaron Curry camp (turns out no, he couldn’t play linebacker). Obviously guys like Chris Spielman and Barry Sanders were great picks, but I wasn’t really paying attention to the draft back then, so I had no strong opinions at the time of selection.
Instead, I’ll go with a guy that I rallied behind after the Lions picked him and he responded by beating the odds to make the Lions roster and remain in the NFL seven years after being drafted in the seventh round. That would be one Mr. Willie Young. Young had some character questions and was an undersized 24-year-old when draft, presenting quite a few risks. But he presented good perceived value, as many expected him to go as early as the fourth round.
Young didn’t exactly have a stellar career in Detroit, lasting four seasons and racking up just 6.0 sacks, but as a seventh-round pick who managed to start 15 games in 2013, that’s pretty great value. Young also turned out to be a great personality which led to the greatest set of Lions fan fiction ever created. It’s a shame he became—and remains—a Chicago Bear.
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