NFL Draft 2011: A Look At The Detroit Lions' Five Picks

The Detroit Lions made five total picks in the 2011 NFL Draft. Who were they? SB Nation Detroit takes a look at each selection.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: A Look At The Detroit Lions' 5 Picks

The 2011 NFL Draft has come to a close after three days, seven rounds and 254 total picks. Five of those picks were used by the Detroit Lions, which entered the draft with six selections. They used their first-round pick on Auburn DT Nick Fairley and their second-round pick on Boise State WR Titus Young. The reason they lost one of their picks was due to a trade that got them back into the second round to take Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure. That left them with two selections on the final day of the draft, and they took Syracuse LB Doug Hogue and South Carolina State OT Johnny Culbreath.

Here is a full rundown of the Lions' five picks:

Round 1, Pick 13 (13th overall): DT Nick Fairley (Auburn)

Round 2, Pick 12 (44th overall): WR Titus Young (Boise State)

Round 2, Pick 25 (57th overall) (From Seattle): RB Mikel Leshoure (Illinois)

Round 5, Pick 26 (157th overall) (From Baltimore via Seattle): LB Doug Hogue (Syracuse)

Round 7, Pick 6 (209th overall) (From Cleveland via Seattle): OT Johnny Culbreath (South Carolina State)

All in all, I'd say the Lions had a pretty good draft. They added three instant contributors in the first two rounds and ended up with two day three guys that should provide good depth next season and could develop into starters down the road. Obviously every need wasn't filled, but that wasn't expected to happen going in with free agency set to take place sometime later this offseason. That is when the Lions will address the rest of their needs.

SB Nation Detroit will have more coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft in the coming days as we wrap up this part of the offseason.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Johnny Culbreath Picked By Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions selected South Carolina State offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath with the 209th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Culbreath visited the Lions within the last couple of weeks, and the coaching staff must have come away impressed, as he is likely their final pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Here are the first four picks the Lions made in this year's draft:

Round 1, Pick 13 (13th overall): DT Nick Fairley (Auburn)

Round 2, Pick 12 (44th overall): WR Titus Young (Boise State)

Round 2, Pick 25 (57th overall) (From Seattle): RB Mikel Leshoure (Illinois)

Round 5, Pick 26 (157th overall) (From Baltimore via Seattle): LB Doug Hogue (Syracuse)

Barring a trade to get one more pick, the Lions will close the 2011 NFL Draft by filling needs in a variety of ways. They added a speedy WR with the Young pick, a complement to Jahvid Best in the backfield by taking Leshoure and they now have added depth at linebacker and offensive tackle with Hogue and Culbreath. At defensive tackle, there wasn't necessarily a need for more talent, but the Lions went ahead and strengthened the position to make it their defensive line one of the most talented in the NFL.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Michigan Football's Steve Schilling Picked By Chargers

A day after the San Diego Chargers took Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton in the second round, they selected Michigan offensive guard Steve Schilling in the sixth round. Schilling was selected with the 201st overall pick and the sixth round's 36th pick.

Schilling was a four-year starter at Michigan. He was also a team captain in 2010 and got to block in front of elusive quarterback Denard Robinson. Many thought Schilling could go as early as the fifth round, but he was taken near the end of the sixth round instead.

It's unlikely any other Michigan players will be drafted this year. Guys like Martell Webb and James Rogers are hoping to be surprise picks, but in all likelihood they will be undrafted free agents.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Michigan State Football's Chris L. Rucker Picked By Colts

Just three picks after Greg Jones became the first Michigan State player to be selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, another one came off the board when the Indianapolis Colts took cornerback Chris L. Rucker. Rucker was selected with the 188th overall pick and the 23rd pick of the sixth round. As mentioned, he was taken right after Jones, so he is the second MSU player to be drafted so far.

Rucker will join former MSU teammate Blair White on the Colts. White signed with Indianapolis last year as an undrafted free agent and was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster in September. White played well enough to earn a spot on the team going forward, and now he could be going up against Rucker in practice.

With the sixth round winding down and the seventh and final round nearing, tight end Charlie Gantt and wide receiver Mark Dell are the two Michigan State players still hoping to be drafted.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Michigan State Football's Greg Jones Picked By Giants

The first Michigan State football player was just selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. The New York Giants used the 185th overall selection on former MSU linebacker Greg Jones. This was pick No. 20 in the sixth round.

I'm personally surprised Jones lasted this long. Todd McShay's mock draft didn't have Jones being picked until the sixth round, so some experts anticipated this slide. Even so, a few months ago many thought Jones could be a late first-round pick or a second- or third-round pick at worst. What ended up happening was Jones had to wait until the sixth round to hear his name called.

Jones will join former MSU wide receiver Devin Thomas in New York with the Giants. Thomas played at MSU a few years ago and was originally drafted by the Redskins. He was released last season and claimed by the Panthers, but he didn't last long in Carolina and eventually joined the Giants.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Doug Hogue Picked By Detroit Lions In 5th Round

The Detroit Lions have made their 2011 NFL Draft fifth-round selection. With pick No. 157 overall, the Lions drafted Doug Hogue, a linebacker from Syracuse.

Hogue had visited the Lions in the months prior to the draft, so the Lions were familiar with him. He started off at Syracuse as a running back but switched to linebacker a couple years ago. Playing on the defensive side of the ball, Hogue has made a lot of progress as a linebacker and will now likely be a depth guy when he joins the Lions.

Detroit had a big need at linebacker going into the draft, and that need still exists. This late in the draft it's unlikely they will find guys that can start right away, so the thinking is they will fill that need in free agency (whenever that happens). Hogue could be a player that develops into a starting-caliber linebacker over time, and the Lions must like his upside considering they decided to draft him.

Barring a trade, the Lions' final pick of the 2011 NFL Draft will not come until the seventh round (the 209th overall selection).

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Michigan Football's Jonas Mouton Picked By Chargers

Going into the 2011 NFL Draft, the Michigan football program wasn't expected to have any players picked until the fifth round at the earliest. In fact, in Todd McShay's mock draft released earlier this week, linebacker Jonas Mouton was the only Michigan player predicted to be picked, and he wasn't set to be taken until round five.

Rather than wait around until later in day three of the draft, Mouton was actually picked on Friday night in the second round by the San Diego Chargers. San Diego drafted Mouton with the 61st overall pick and stunned Michigan football fans everywhere. While Mouton wasn't terrible last season, he wasn't all that good. Apparently the Chargers see that as more of a reflection on Michigan's coaching than on Mouton's ability, because they went ahead and made him a second-round pick.

This was a move I definitely didn't expect, but congrats to Mouton. Now I wonder when Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones will be picked. McShay didn't have him going until the sixth round, but as the Mouton pick shows, you can't always trust the experts.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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NFL Draft 2011 Results: Lions Trade Up, Pick Mikel Leshoure

The Detroit Lions used the 44th overall pick to take Boise State WR Titus Young. Not having another second-round pick, Detroit decided to make a trade to get back on the clock in round two. They dealt their third- and fourth-round selections to the Seattle Seahawks and swapped picks in the fifth and seventh rounds to get pick No. 57. With the 57th overall pick, the Lions took Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure.

Going into the 2011 NFL Draft, it was no secret that the Lions had a need for a running back. They hosted a number of RBs for visits in the past couple of months, including Leshoure. Considering they gave up so much to guarantee they could land Leshoure, it's obvious they wanted him big time. They must feel he can come in and provide a solid one-two punch with Jahvid Best, who the Lions traded into the first round last year to take.

The Lions now have no picks in the third, fourth and six rounds. Their remaining picks as of right now are the 157th overall (fifth round) and 209th overall (seventh round).

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions Select Titus Young

The Detroit Lions' second pick of the 2011 NFL Draft is Boise State wide receiver Titus Young. Barry Sanders announced the pick at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, telling fans in attendance that Young was the 44th overall pick.

The Lions' thinking behind this selection is that they needed to give Matthew Stafford a receiver than can stretch the field and be a burner. Young has good speed and could be a very explosive player in the Lions' offense, which now has the following weapons: Young, Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler and Jahvid Best.

Detroit's next pick will be the 75th overall selection. Barring a trade, that is set to be their only third-round pick and their only other pick on Friday night.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Picks For Round 1

The 2011 NFL Draft began on Thursday night with the first round. 32 picks took place, and like every year there were some big surprises and some dramatic moments. For the Detroit Lions, the 13th pick being Auburn's Nick Fairley served as both a surprise and a dramatic moment, as Fairley looked to be speechless when he was on the phone with the Lions.

Which players did the other teams pick? Check out the first-round 2011 NFL Draft results below.

Team Pick
1 Carolina Panthers Cam Newton, Auburn QB
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller, Texas A&M LB
3 Buffalo Bills Marcell Dareus, Alabama DL
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green, Georgia WR
5 Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson, LSU CB
6 Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones, Alabama WR
7 San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith, Missouri DE
8 Tennessee Titans Jake Locker, Washington QB
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith, USC OT
10 Jacksonville Jaguars Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB
11 Houston Texans J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DE
12 Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder, FSU QB
13 Detroit Lions Nick Fairley, Auburn DT
14 St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn, UNC DE
15 Miami Dolphins Mike Pouncey, Florida OL
16 Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue DE
17 New England Patriots Nate Solder, Colorado OL
18 San Diego Chargers Corey Liuget, Illinois DT
19 New York Giants Prince Amukamara, Nebraska CB
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE
21 Cleveland Browns Phil Taylor, Baylor DT
22 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OT
23 Philadelphia Eagles Danny Watkins, Baylor OL
24 New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan, Cal DE
25 Seattle Seahawks James Carpenter, Alabama OL
26 Kansas City Chiefs Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt WR
27 Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith, Colorado CB
28 New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram, Alabama RB
29 Chicago Bears Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin OT
30 New York Jets Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple DT
31 Pittsburgh Steelers Cam Heyward, Ohio State DL
32 Green Bay Packers Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State OT

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions Select Nick Fairley

With the 13th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have picked Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Coming into the draft it wasn't expected by many that Fairley would be available come pick No. 13, but he slipped to the Lions and they decided to make an already talented defensive line even better.

In 2010, the Lions selected defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick. He was a force during his rookie season and helped make the Lions' D-line one of the best in football along with guys like Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and Corey Williams. With Fairley now thrown into the mix, the Lions' talent could very well make their defensive line the best in all of football.

Detroit's next pick, barring a trade, is the 44th overall selection. They currently do not have any more first-round picks, so as of right now it looks like their night will be done with adding another big nasty to the D-line.

SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.

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