Colleague Kevin Seifert spent some time looking at the rosters of NFL teams recently hunting for a simple thing.
How many players are still with the teams which originally drafted or signed them, labeling them homegrown talent. And considering what Detroit was working with even a few years ago when it went 0-16 in 2008, it should be of little surprise where the Lions rank on that metric.
Detroit has 28 players on its roster -- a little more than half of the 53-man roster -- that it discovered or drafted originally. Compare that to division rival Green Bay, which leads the league in original players with 50.
All in all, some interesting stuff in here from Seifert. Check out the whole story here.
If you're curious, here are some of the Lions' "homegrown" players: DE Ziggy Ansah (drafted 2013); CB Bill Bentley (drafted 2012); WR Ryan Broyles (drafted 2012); S Louis Delmas (drafted 2009); DT Nick Fairley (drafted 2011); WR Calvin Johnson (drafted 2007); C Dominic Raiola (drafted 2001); LT Riley Reiff (drafted 2012); CB Darius Slay (drafted 2013); QB Matthew Stafford (drafted 2009); DT Ndamukong Suh. (drafted 2010).