Morning Roar: The Lions don't have a good comp pick history


The Detroit Lions don't have a compensatory pick this season -- don't worry, there will be at least one coming for sure in 2016 for Ndamukong Suh -- but the franchise has not always used the compensatory selections well.

In recent history under Martin Mayhew, the Lions picked cornerback Nevin Lawson and defensive end Larry Webster in the fourth round in 2014; defensive end Devin Taylor in the fourth round and linebacker Brandon Hepburn in the seventh round in 2013; wide receiver Tim Toone in the seventh round in 2010 and tight end Dan Gronkowski in the seventh round in 2009.

These are just the most recent compensatory picks of the 19 the franchise has ever had.

Taylor has been the most productive of the recent comp picks, playing in 30 of 32 possible games and making 29 tackles along with 3.5 sacks and forcing two fumbles. He's become a strong rotational player among the defensive ends and has the potential to be a good player for the Lions.

The team's two comp picks from last season are tough to gauge. Lawson was lost for the season in Week 2 due to injury and Webster was taken as a developmental pick that was buried on the depth chart. Both are expected to have larger roles in 2015 than 2014.

Hepburn is no longer with the Lions after a season on the practice squad and spent last year on Philadelphia's practice squad. Toone, who was Mr. Irrelevant in 2010, bounced around the NFL until finally being released for good by New Orleans in 2013.

Gronkowski -- one of Rob Gronkowski's brothers -- caught one pass for 4 yards for the Lions in 2009 and then played 12 games for Denver in 2010, making eight catches for 65 yards. He was with New England and Cleveland in 2011.

It'll be interesting to watch what happens with Taylor, Lawson and Webster this season as they all have enough potential to play a role in Detroit's defense.

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