Following the conclusion of the Detroit Lions 2022 NFL Draft, nobody really knew just how good their draft class would be. But, fast forward to the present, and we now know that GM Brad Holmes and his staff may have pulled off one of the best drafts in franchise history. Of course, it has only been one season, but the Lions rookies sure did make a big impact in 2022 as the team finished with a 9-8 record.
Where does PFF rank the Detroit Lions 2022 NFL Draft class?
Pro Football Focus recently released an article where they rank all 32 NFL Draft classes, and the Lions fared very well.
According to PFF, the Detroit Lions 2022 NFL Draft class is No. 3 class in the NFL.
Via Pro Football Focus:
|Round (Pick)||Player||2022 PFF Grade (Snaps)|
|1 (2)||Aidan Hutchinson||80.7 (953)|
|1 (12)||Jameson Williams||63.4 (78)|
|2 (46)||Josh Paschal||55.1 (293)|
|3 (97)||Kerby Joseph||64.0 (875)|
|5 (117)||James Mitchell||66.9 (183)|
|6 (188)||Malcolm Rodriguez||63.9 (611)|
|6 (217)||James Houston IV||80.2 (140)|
|7 (237)||Chase Lucas||35.5 (6)|
The Lions’ defense needed some big-time playmakers, and they certainly found a few in the 2022 class. Hutchinson led all rookies in sacks (9.5) and pressures (53), while James Houston IV led all rookies in pass-rush win percentage (25.0%). Throw in Kerby Joseph’s three interceptions and Malcolm Rodriguez’s 28 solo stops, and you’ve got one of the most impactful rookie classes from 2022.
According to Pro Football Focus, the only draft classes ranked higher than the Lions are the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.
Nation, do you think the Lions are ranked in the correct spot?