How the Lions' 53-man roster came together

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A look at how the Detroit Lions acquired each player on their 53-man roster.

The Detroit Lions' 53-man roster for Week 1 of the 2013 season is now in place. How exactly did it come together? Check out the table below.

Pos. Player Age Signed through Acquired
QB Matthew Stafford 25 2017 2009: Drafted 1st overall (1st round)
Shaun Hill 33 2013 2010: Traded from 49ers
Kellen Moore 24 2014 2012: Signed as undrafted free agent
RB Reggie Bush 28 2016 2013: Signed as free agent
Joique Bell 27 2013 2011: Signed as free agent (off Saints practice squad)
Mikel Leshoure 23 2014 2011: Drafted 57th overall (2nd round)
Theo Riddick 22 2016 2013: Drafted 199th overall (6th round)
WR Calvin Johnson 27 2019 2007: Drafted 2nd overall (1st round)
Nate Burleson 32 2014 2010: Signed as free agent
Ryan Broyles 25 2015 2012: Drafted 54th overall (2nd round)
Patrick Edwards 24 2014 2012: Signed as undrafted free agent
Kris Durham 25 2013 2012: Signed as free agent (off Lions practice squad)
Micheal Spurlock 30 2013 2013: Signed as free agent
TE Brandon Pettigrew 28 2013 2009: Drafted 20th overall (1st round)
Tony Scheffler 30 2013 2010: Traded from Broncos
Joseph Fauria 23 2015 2013: Signed as undrafted free agent
OT Riley Reiff 24 2015+option 2012: Drafted 23rd overall (1st round)
Jason Fox 25 2013 2010: Drafted 128th overall (4th round)
Corey Hilliard 28 2014 2009: Signed as free agent (off Browns practice squad)
LaAdrian Waddle 22 2015 2013: Signed as undrafted free agent
OG Rob Sims 29 2014 2010: Traded from Seahawks
Larry Warford 22 2016 2013: Drafted 65th overall (3rd round)
Dylan Gandy 31 2013 2009: Signed as free agent
C Dominic Raiola 34 2013 2001: Drafted 50th overall (2nd round)
Leroy Harris 29 2014 2013: Signed as free agent
DE Ziggy Ansah 24 2016+option 2013: Drafted 5th overall (1st round)
Jason Jones 27 2015 2013: Signed as free agent
Israel Idonije 32 2013 2013: Signed as free agent
Willie Young 27 2013 2010: Drafted 213th overall (7th round)
Devin Taylor 23 2016 2013: Drafted 132nd overall (4th round)
DT Ndamukong Suh 26 2015 (voidable year) 2010: Drafted 2nd overall (1st round)
Nick Fairley 25 2014+option 2011: Drafted 13th overall (1st round)
C.J. Mosley 30 2014 2013: Signed as free agent
Justin Bannan 34 2013 2013: Signed as free agent
LB Stephen Tulloch 28 2016 2011: Signed as free agent
DeAndre Levy 26 2015 2009: Drafted 76th overall (3rd round)
Ashlee Palmer 27 2014 2010: Claimed off waivers (from Bills)
Tahir Whitehead 23 2015 2012: Drafted 138th overall (5th round)
Travis Lewis 25 2015 2012: Drafted 223rd overall (7th round)
Rocky McIntosh 30 2013 2013: Signed as free agent
CB Chris Houston 28 2017 2010: Traded from Falcons
Darius Slay 22 2016 2013: Drafted 36th overall (2nd round)
Bill Bentley 24 2015 2012: Drafted 85th overall (3rd round)
Jonte Green 24 2015 2012: Drafted 196th overall (6th round)
Rashean Mathis 33 2013 2013: Signed as free agent
S Glover Quin 27 2017 2013: Signed as free agent
Louis Delmas 26 2014 2009: Drafted 33rd overall (2nd round)
Don Carey 26 2013 2012: Signed as free agent
John Wendling 30 2013 2010: Signed as free agent
DeJon Gomes 23 2014 2013: Claimed off waivers (from Redskins)
K David Akers 38 2013 2013: Signed as free agent
P Sam Martin 23 2016 2013: Drafted 137th overall (5th round)
LS Don Muhlbach 32 2013 2004: Signed as free agent

The Lions have 25 players on offense, 25 on defense and three on special teams. Of the 53 players on their team, 23 were drafted by the Lions, 17 were signed as free agents, four were signed as undrafted free agents, four were acquired via a trade, three were signed off a practice squad and two were claimed off waivers.

With Jason Hanson and Jeff Backus both retiring this past offseason, Dominic Raiola is now the longest-tenured Lion on the team. In second is Don Muhlbach and in third is Calvin Johnson. These three players are actually the only guys left on the team who were around for the 2008 season. That's pretty amazing to think about.

One other stat that stood out to me: 20 players on the roster were acquired by the Lions this year. The Lions have 10 players left who were acquired in 2012, four from 2011, 10 from 2010, six from 2009 and one each from 2007, 2004 and 2001.

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