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2017 NFL Draft: Grading the Detroit Lions draft class

How did the Lions do in the NFL Draft?

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DETROIT – The NFL Draft is over - and now we have a few months before football starts to analyze the picks.

The Detroit Lions filled needs across the board in the draft, taking a linebacker, wide receiver, cornerback and even a quarterback.

This is how experts around the league graded the Lions 2017 draft class:

FOX Sports: Grade: C: Jarrad Davis was a reach, but one of need and one that you won't be burned on — he's a high-character player who will contribute. Teez Tabor was a great value in the second round — boom-or-bust with a huge possible boom. I like the Jalen Reeves-Maybin pick in round four, but Kenny Golladay, the Northern Illinois wide receiver in the third round is absurd and pulls down this whole draft.

Sporting News: Grade: C- : Florida ILB Jarrad Davis, Florida CB Teez Tabor, Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay, Tennessee LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Toledo TE Michael Roberts, San Diego CB Jamal Agnew, Arkansas DE Jeremiah Ledbetter, Miami QB Brad Kaaya, Eastern Michigan DE Pat O’Connor. Davis was a great start, and Reeves-Maybin was the next most solid pick. But Tabor and Golladay were physical trait reaches, and the rest is just positional depth for a playoff team. That includes the curious pick of Kaaya, just to compete for Jake Rudock for No. 2.

SB Nation: Grade: C: The Detroit draft didn’t excite some because the Lions didn’t get a pass rusher that was perceived as being a high need in the Motor City. Most credited the team for taking Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round, though.

Sports Illustrated: Grade: B: GM Bob Quinn continues to put in understated work molding this roster. Linebackers Jarrad Davis (No. 21 pick) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (No. 124) could be the long-term future together for the Lions, although both come with injury concerns. Detroit also passed on Reuben Foster to take Davis. Cornerback Teez Tabor (No. 53) tested like he’d never run in his life, but he’s much better when it counts—with him and nickel CB Jamal Agnew (No. 165) in the fold, the Lions could ship out a veteran cornerback or two. Big wide receiver Kenny Golladay (No. 96) could be special in time, but Josh Reynolds might have been the better call. TE Michael Roberts (No. 127) will score, if Matthew Stafford just puts the ball near him. This also was the landing spot for Miami QB Brad Kaaya (No. 215), who will compete with Jake Rudock for the backup job.

CBS Sports: Grade D: First-round pick Jarrad Davis is a nice three-down linebacker who will fill a major need, so that pick is solid. But this is a team that had major pass-rush issues last season, and they waited until the sixth round to take a defensive lineman. That's not wise in a division with Aaron Rodgers. Second-round corner Teez Tabor was a reach at that spot. I just didn't think it was a good haul for the Lions.

USA Today: Grade: C+The player with the most name recognition might be Miami (Fla.) QB Brad Kaaya, who may be a career backup -- which is fine for a sixth rounder. Teammates at Florida, first-round LB Jarrad Davis and second-round CB Teez Tabor – assuming his athletic limitations don't sink him – should be in the mix to start right away. Third-round WR Kenny Golladay won't make anyone forget Calvin Johnson, but he should be a nice red-zone option at 6-4, 218 pounds.

Washington Post: Grade: B- There was nothing wrong with Detroit taking LB Jarrad Davis 21st overall … unless Reuben Foster becomes an NFL standout. The Lions let Foster’s slide through the opening round continue. Detroit’s use of a sixth-round choice on QB Brad Kaaya is interesting. Matthew Stafford is entering the final season of his contract. He’s probably not going anywhere. But the Lions added an intriguing QB prospect who dropped much further than many draft analysts had expected.


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