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The Lions’ best pick in each NFL Draft since 2000


2013: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

The 2013 draft class was an embarrassment of riches for the Lions. They were able to haul in Ezekiel Ansah, Darius Slay, Larry Warford, Devin Taylor, Sam Martin, Corey Fuller, and Theo Riddick.

Any of those players, with the exception of Fuller, would have been the best player had they been drafted in either 2014 or 2015.

That shows you how special Ansah is though. As good as those other players are, this still wasn’t close. The No. 5 overall pick has exceeded any and all expectations. In three years, Ansah has 30 sacks and nine forced fumbles. Last year was by far his best year posting an incredible 14.5 sacks.

There is a lot of the word around the league that the Lions are targeting Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson this year in the draft. If that were to happen, we would find ourselves literally laughing at opposing quarterbacks panicking on every snap knowing they have Ziggy on one side, and Shaq on the other.

The gluttonous pleasure for Lions fans is that Ziggy hasn’t even hit his ceiling and is already the best player on the team.

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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