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The Lions’ best pick in each NFL Draft since 2000


2012: Tahir Whitehead, LB, Temple

Another clunker class for the Lions leaves the pickings slim for a best player, but Whitehead takes the crown. Whitehead was a fifth-round pick and has turned himself into a pretty solid player, but hasn’t gotten a full chance to really show what he can do.

That should change this year, as Whitehead is projected to be the Lions full-time starter at middle linebacker. Whitehead managed just 51 tackles last year, but started only half the games.

Whitehead was a real no-brainer pick of this class because first-round pick Riley Reiff has struggled to find any type of consistency, second-round pick Ryan Broyles could never stay healthy, and third-round pick Bill Bentley never capitalized on any of his initial promise.

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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