Monday, April 19, 2010
Sims closes book on Lions' 2006 class*
By Kevin Seifert
Monday's trade of linebacker Ernie Sims prompts us to update our, uh, visual depiction of Detroit's decade-long draft woes. Sims was the last remaining player from the 2006 class, meaning the Lions have only two players on their roster from the seven drafts from 2000-06.
If you want to know how you become a team whose top need is talent, take a look. Enough said.
2001: 2 (Left tackle Jeff Backus, center Dominic Raiola)
2007: 3 (Receiver Calvin Johnson, quarterback Drew Stanton, guard Manny Ramirez)
2008: 7 (Right tackle Gosder Cherilus, linebacker Jordon Dizon, tailback Kevin Smith, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, defensive end Cliff Avril, fullback Jerome Felton, defensive tackle Landon Cohen)
2009: 9 (Quarterback Matthew Stafford, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, safety Louis Delmas, linebacker DeAndre Levy, receiver Derrick Williams, defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill, running back Aaron Brown, linebacker Zack Follett, tight end Dan Gronkowski)
*Update: Safety Daniel Bullocks signed his tender Monday, officially returning him to the Lions' roster. So technically, one player remains from the 2006 draft even though Bullocks is battling a serious knee injury.