2012 NFL Draft Grades: Mixed Reviews On Lions' Draft Class

Sitting in a rather unusual position near the bottom of the draft order, the Detroit Lions turned in a solid, if not unspectacular showing over the three-day spectacle in New York. Key to the Lions' draft was offensive lineman Riley Reiff from Iowa, who Detroit selected with its first round pick to solidify its line play.

The Lions' second choice, however, was met with a fair share of criticism, as Detroit took injured Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles in the second round. With a handful of intriguing cornerbacks and linebackers still on the board at the time, the Broyles pick confused scouts, analysts and fans alike, and stands as the main reason why many are less than enamored with Detroit's 2012 haul.

SportingNews.com gave Detroit a B-minus for the draft, saying "Reiff projects as a good pass protector, but the Lions didn’t come away with surefire help for their pass defense struggles." As many as eight teams received either an A-plus or an A by Sporting News, while nine teams picked up a lower grade than Detroit's B-minus.

For more on the Detroit Lions, head over to Pride of Detroit. For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub. And for continuous draft coverage, make sure to visit Mocking The Draft.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.