Lions drop in post-draft power rankings


The 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone and apparently some of the experts do not feel like the Detroit Lions have improved as a football team.

ESPN released their NFL post-draft power rankings on Wednesday, and the Lions, along with the Cleveland Browns had the biggest free fall. Both teams fell five places in the rankings, including the Lions moving from No. 7 down to No. 12. Here is ESPN’s analysis on the Lions.

Detroit went offensive line and running back with its first two picks. Matthew Stafford’s streak of four years with 600-plus pass attempts may finally come to an end.

Looking back on the draft, there is no doubt Lions general manager Martin Mayhew made a conscious effort to improve both the pass protection for Matthew Stafford and the running game.

First-round pick Laken Tomlinson should make an immediate impact at the left guard position. He did not give up a sack during his final two years at Duke and he was also an excellent run blocker.

Going into the draft the Lions biggest needs were offensive lineman, defensive tackle, running back, and cornerback. Guess what folks, they addressed each and every one of those needs, so what caused the Lions to drop in the power rankings?

Maybe it’s because the Lions passed on defensive end Malcom Brown and took a guard in the first round. Or maybe it’s due to the fact they took a fumble prone running back (Ameer Abdullah) in the second round when they probably could have waited a round to fill that need. What about taking a fullback who may have gone undrafted in the fifth-round? The draft was far from perfect for the Lions, but they did take care of some immediate needs.

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That being said, power rankings mean absolutely nothing when a team has not even played a game, but they are fun to look at.

What do you think Nation, should the Lions have fallen to No. 12 in the rankings? Where would you rank the Lions following the draft?


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