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.
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