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The Best of the Detroit Lions Draft Class

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5. Matthew Stafford – Selected #1 overall – 2009

Our fearless leader. Even though Stafford has had outstanding yardage in the last 2 years, he is unproven as far as a successful QB. The Lions ended last year a dismal 4-12 after coming off a 10-6 playoff run the year prior, and one must question where the blame lies. Is it with the coach, or the QB that leads them on the field.

That being said however, Stafford is by and far the best quarterback the Lions have had on roster since Bobby Layne, and as long as last year goes into the history books as a “sophomore slump” (considering Stafford was injured for the most part of the 2 years prior), and he rebounds strong in 2013 , Stafford may just climb on this list.

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#4. Robert Porcher DE – Selected 1st round 26th pick 1992

3 Pro Bowls – 3 All Pros

A leader on the field and in the locker room, Robert Porcher retired November 1, 2004 after 13 seasons standout with the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end concluded a career that not only was stellar on the field, but also he became and continues to be an outstanding community citizen.

During much of his 13-year playing career, he was one of the league’s most productive and feared defensive ends. Originally a first-round draft choice in 1992 from South Carolina State, Porcher played in 187 games, third-most all-time in team history, and set a club record with 95.5 quarterback sacks during his career. He led Detroit in sacks eight times, more than any Lion in history. He also became the first Lion to record double-digit sack totals in four consecutive seasons, 1996-99.

Porcher earned trips to the Pro Bowl in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Porcher also finished his career with 24 career games notching more than one sack. From 1996-01, Porcher garnered 68 sacks during that six-year period which was the second-highest in the NFL during that span. His 673 career tackles are ranked seventh in Lions’ history.

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