A constant in 2011 NFL Draft grades across the Internet is that the Detroit Lions received praise. Despite having only five picks, the Lions gained a lot of acclaim simply for the value they got with Nick Fairley and for adding weapons to their offense with Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure.
In going through a variety of draft grades, the average for the Lions is around an A-. Here is a breakdown of the different sites/people and the grades the Lions were given:
- Pete Prisco (CBS Sports): B+
- Rob Rang (NFLDraftScout.com): A-
- Randy Covitz (Kansas City Star): A
- Charean Williams (Star-Telegram): A-
- John McClain (Houston Chronicle): B+
- Clifton Brown (Sporting News): A+
- Adam Caplan (FOX Sports): A-
- Brian Galliford (SB Nation): A-
- Kerry J. Byrne (Sports Illustrated): A
- Mel Kiper (ESPN): A-
As always, draft grades really won't mean much until you are a few years removed and have a chance to look back on a team's class. Even so, it's always nice to see the Lions' moves being praised rather than made fun of, and this draft certainly accomplished that.
(Hat tip to EvilSmurf for finding many of these grades.)