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The Lions’ best pick in each NFL Draft since 2000


2008: Cliff Avril, DE, Purdue

Photo by Mike Morbeck

The 2008 draft class was pretty ho-hum but did provide us one of the better pass rushers we’ve ever seen come through Detroit.

Cliff Avril was the third of three third-round picks and the obvious standout of a draft class the included Gosder Cherilus, Andre Fluellen, Kevin Smith, Jordan Dizon, and Jerome Felton.

Avril spent five years in a Lions uniform and in that time posted 168 tackles, 39.5 sacks, and one touchdown. Avril left for Seattle in 2013 and won a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks that same season.

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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