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The Lions’ best pick in each NFL Draft since 2000


2007: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech

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The 2007 draft class was bad. Really bad. But the saving grace in it is the No. 2 overall pick, Calvin Johnson.

As the entire world is aware by now, Calvin Johnson retired this off-season. That doesn’t change all the great things he did in a Lions uniform, though. He’s easily the best player in a draft class that included Drew Stanton and Manny Ramirez, but he’s also easily one of the best players in Lions history. In nine NFL seasons, Calvin Johnson amassed 731 receptions, 11,619 yards receiving, and 83 touchdowns.

Some speculate the Lions will spend an early round pick this year trying to fill the void that Calvin left, but anybody stepping in trying to replace a future hall of famer is going to have his word cut out for him.

Written by Ryan Griffin

My name is Ryan, I'm the Pistons editor for DSN. My hobbies include listening to better music than you and watching unhealthy amounts of Always Sunny.

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