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7-9, 3rd in NFC North
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4hJohn Clayton

Clayton: My five favorite draft classes

On John Clayton's list of his top 2016 classes? Jacksonville, which added two blue-chip talents, and Tampa Bay, which filled immediate needs and got a huge upgrade at kicker.

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Clayton: Jags, Bucs, Lions among draft winners (1:27)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have fired east coast scout Chad Henry and Midwest scout Darren Anderson, according to a league source. Henry had been with the Lions since 1998 in personnel and scouting. Anderson had been with the Lions since 2012. Lions GM Bob Quinn said after the draft he was still evaluating his scouts.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have picked up the fifth year option on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. The move was expected for one of the best young players in the NFL. He has become Detroit's best defensive player and was third in the league in sacks last season.

Lions focus on protecting Stafford

Matthew Stafford was sacked 89 times the past two seasons, good for fourth-most in the NFL. The Lions set out to fix this issue by investing draft picks in their O-line. Drafting for need

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Lions got one of the 'steals of the draft'

Mel Kiper Jr. praised Detroit for improving along the O-line and for landing A'Shawn Robinson, his No. 20 overall player, at No. 46. What final grade did Kiper give the Lions' draft? NFL draft grades (Insider)

Lions' best pick: Taylor Decker

In need of someone who could help protect QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit did well in grabbing the Ohio State tackle with its 16th overall pick. Decker is an excellent run blocker with great toughness. Todd McShay (Insider)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn denied what Vernon Butler said Thursday, that the club told him they would take him at No. 16: "No one from my staff or our coaching staff has ever promised a player we were going to take him at any position."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn again said he expects to be in nickel 70 percent of the time.

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Lions fill draft needs on the line (1:43)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn said the value was there for LS Jimmy Landes from Baylor. They do evaluation on snappers every year.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwayne Washington said he took a visit to the Lions during the draft process. Said he's also focused on ball security now after having some fumbling issues in college.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Thought as the Lions finish their draft: No receivers? A lack of skill position improvement is an issue. Detroit must feel pretty good about TJ Jones at this point. Also, the lack of cornerbacks drafted was a surprise. Nevin Lawson appears to be in good shape for a big role.

Team Stats

Passing Yards263.39th
Rushing Yards83.432nd
Points For22.119th
Points Against25.023rd

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