NFL writer ranks Detroit Lions rookie class the worst in the NFC North

The Detroit Lions rookie class was ranked dead last in the NFC North by NFL writer Gennaro Filice, receiving a “C” grade.

Meanwhile, the hated Green Bay packers were given a “B+” grade, followed by the Minnesota Vikings with a “B-“, and the Chicago Bears with a “C+”.

Check out his reasoning:

“The Lions took a lot of heat — especially in Detroit — after spending a top-10 pick on a tight end for the second time in six years. But the Eric Ebron-tinged snideness started to fade when Hockenson created a buzz in training camp and the preseason. And then he went out and racked up 131 receiving yards in the season opener — a record for a tight end in his first NFL game — with four catches of 20-plus yards and a touchdown. Eric WHO?!

Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. Hockenson totaled just 236 yards over the next 10 games before hitting injured reserve with an ankle injury in early December.

Detroit’s second pick initially raised even more eyebrows than the first, given that most football fans had never heard of Tavai and most draftniks had never imagined him going 43rd overall, but the linebacker enjoyed a solid first season with a game as versatile as his box score numbers: 58 tackles, two sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble.”

Do you agree with his views?

– – Quotes courtesy of Gennaro Filice of Link – –

Written by Michael Whitaker

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