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 Rate the Draft: 2012 
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Post Rate the Draft: 2012
It's been three years. How did this draft turn out?

Overall, I would say pretty bad, though not as bad as 2011. Reiff is OK. Whitehead is good for where he was drafted. Everyone else has been pretty terrible.

Round 1 -- Riley Reiff
Grade: B-
Decent tackle. Not a probowler, but could continue to anchor the line for years.

Round 2 -- Ryan Broyles
Grade: F
A risky pick when he was taken and it didn't work out. Has never done anything for the team. I would be shocked if he's on the 2015 roster.

Round 3 -- Bill Bentley
Grade: C-
I had high hopes for him last year -- then he went on IR. I'll give him a C- because he still has some potential to redeem himself.

Round 4 -- Ronnell Lewis
Grade: F
Cut after just one season. Not good enough for a fourth round pick.

Round 5 -- Tahir Whitehead
Grade: A+
He's a good player. Particularly great for a fifth round pick.

Round 5 -- Chris Greenwood
Grade: D
I'll give him a D for staying on the team for three years.

Round 6 -- Jonte Green
Grade: D
Basically out of the league at this point. But was a bit player for the Lions for two years.

Round 7 -- Travis Lewis
Grade: C-
Any seventh rounder that's still on the team after three years at least deserves a C-.


May 1st, 2015, 10:40 am
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Post Re: Rate the Draft: 2012
I've run out of hope for Broyles. Reach when he was picked, but I like him as a person, he's a good kid but I can't keep hoping they'll play him. Lots of good players went shortly after he was picked. Imagine our defense with Lavonte David.


May 1st, 2015, 10:49 am
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Post Re: Rate the Draft: 2012
This was the last draft Mayhew down played medical and character red flags. Its irritating that it took him so long to figure out he was making a mistake, but at least he's made much sounder decisions in that regard now.

I don't know if there is any hope for Bentley in that he has injured himself in 3 straight years, but Broyles actually got a free year last season to heal. I think there is still a shot Broyles makes the team, even more so if they find a PR/KR specialist that can play RB. I think the Lions would happily move on from Ross first if they had another return option. I'm just not sure if he has any speed left after his achillies, he was never a fast guy to start and that could of sapped anything he had.


May 1st, 2015, 11:38 am
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Post Re: Rate the Draft: 2012
Blueskies wrote:
It's been three years. How did this draft turn out?

Overall, I would say pretty bad, though not as bad as 2011. Reiff is OK. Whitehead is good for where he was drafted. Everyone else has been pretty terrible.

Round 1 -- Riley Reiff
Grade: B-
Decent tackle. Not a probowler, but could continue to anchor the line for years.

Round 2 -- Ryan Broyles
Grade: F
A risky pick when he was taken and it didn't work out. Has never done anything for the team. I would be shocked if he's on the 2015 roster.

Round 3 -- Bill Bentley
Grade: C-
I had high hopes for him last year -- then he went on IR. I'll give him a C- because he still has some potential to redeem himself.

Round 4 -- Ronnell Lewis
Grade: F
Cut after just one season. Not good enough for a fourth round pick.

Round 5 -- Tahir Whitehead
Grade: A+
He's a good player. Particularly great for a fifth round pick.

Round 5 -- Chris Greenwood
Grade: D
I'll give him a D for staying on the team for three years.

Round 6 -- Jonte Green
Grade: D
Basically out of the league at this point. But was a bit player for the Lions for two years.

Round 7 -- Travis Lewis
Grade: C-
Any seventh rounder that's still on the team after three years at least deserves a C-.


Greenwood didn't stay on the team for three years. He was IRed, then he was released, went to Dallas (I think), got released by them, and then we re-signed him when injuries hurt our secondary. He never made an impact, and never lived up to the pre-draft hype surrounding him. Many saw him as a third round talent, or better. His grade should be D-. As for Travis Lewis, I'd give him slightly better than a C-. I would up that to a C+. He isn't a defensive starter, but he's a solid special team contributor.

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May 1st, 2015, 3:46 pm
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Post Re: Rate the Draft: 2012
Round 1 -- Riley Reiff
Grade: B+
Solid starter at a key position and should be for years.

Round 2 -- Ryan Broyles
Grade: F
A big risk who s busted for the same reason he was risky - injuries. Zero production, just cant have that in the 2nd round.

Round 3 -- Bill Bentley
Grade: D
Not bad when he plays which is only slightly more than Broyles but still not starter material even when healthy. 3rd rounders should start.

Round 4 -- Ronnell Lewis
Grade: F
Cut after just one season. He had potential, just seems to have lost his mind. Lions took him to play special teams (knowing he didnt fit there defense) and he couldnt even do that.

Round 5 -- Tahir Whitehead
Grade: A
He s developing into quality starter material from a draft spot the Lions usually get little to nothing.

Round 5 -- Chris Greenwood
Grade: D
About par for the Lions from the 5th round. Bounced around, got cut, came back - still no production but they loved his workouts Im sure.

Round 6 -- Jonte Green
Grade: D+
At least he got some PT and briefly showed some flashes.

Round 7 -- Travis Lewis
Grade: C+
Compared to the average 7th rounder, he s above average. On all the special teams.

Overall D+


May 1st, 2015, 6:24 pm
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Post Re: Rate the Draft: 2012
Blueskies wrote:
It's been three years. How did this draft turn out?

This was both a good and bad draft. We got a couple starters out of it, and a quality backup/ST player. But once again missing in the second and third rounds is not the way to build a team.

Round 1 -- Riley Reiff
Grade: B+
He's a starting left tackle selected later in the first round. Not a Pro Bowl talent on the left side, but not a liability either.

Round 2 -- Ryan Broyles
Grade: F
No longer on the team. Terrible pick.

Round 3 -- Bill Bentley
Grade: F
No longer on the team. Injury did him in, but he wasn't starting quality regardless. Poor pick.

Round 4 -- Ronnell Lewis
Grade: F
Words cannot describe how bad this pick was. If there is a grade lower than an F, I'd give it.

Round 5 -- Tahir Whitehead
Grade: A
He was a rare late round starter quality LB find.

Round 5 -- Chris Greenwood
Grade: F
Never amounted to anything, even as a backup. Injuries plagued him, but he never showed promise when healthy.

Round 6 -- Jonte Green
Grade: D
He played only because the team was so low on talent in the secondary. But at least he played.

Round 7 -- Travis Lewis
Grade: B+
He's been good on special teams, and has performed well when asked to play defense. A very good pick.

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