Lions select Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles in second round

Posted by ttwentyman on April 27, 2012 – 8:59 pm

The Lions were looking for a fourth receiver to pair with Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Titus Young, and they think they’ve found their man in Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles.

Broyles is the NCAA career leader in receptions (349), but was lost for the season with a torn ACL vs. Texas A&M late last season.

Broyles had at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of the last three seasons at Oklahoma with 39 touchdowns.

Broyles (5-10, 188) will be able to help the Lions right away, as soon as he heals from his ACL injury.

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103 Responses to “Lions select Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles in second round”

  1. By Ryne on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Makes no sense. Not happy at all. How could he possibly have been the best player left?

  2. By fantasticiquattro on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    You don’t spend a 2nd on a 4th receiver. This pick is simply awful. I highly doubt that that the Lions will make the playoffs next year with this defense.

  3. By jeffdalydose on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I thought I read that the Lions were focused on shoring up the defense and we now have two selections for the offense. I don’t understand picking a wide receiver here when there are HUGE needs in the defensive secondary.

  4. By Wolfe on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    C’mon guys, first we need a RB and our def is lacking, we have 3 great WRs we couldve waited to look for another WR until later in the draft or traded up for one. What were you thinking??

  5. By GuyB1958 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply


  6. By chris bullaro on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    This is a stunningly bad pick if he had 2 good knees. Coming off an ACL tear this rivals Mike Williams as one of the worst picks in team history. I dont give a crap how many times he can bench 225. I am stunned

  7. By GuyB1958 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Is Matt Millen telling you who to Draft??? Up until now, I had hope…… But now I know that you people have no clue of what you are doing, and I’ll never see a Championship Team in my Lifetime.

  8. By Mike on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT?? Way too many holes to fill on D (or with RB depth or with OL depth) to take a WR here. I understand taking talent over need, but this is just crazy. Outside of QB, the last thing they needed was a WR (for sure not one coming off an ACL).

  9. By bamfu on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    they haven’t let us down yet guys. they also said that they have had a plan since they first started and i believe they deserve our benefit of the doubt. in mayhew we trust. the defense will be ready before the season so don’t worry and just keep the faith lions pride.

  10. By istillhatemillen on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    This was a ridiculous waste of a pick. This draft gets a solid “F” grade. Guess I’ll go back to following the Bucs…

  11. By Murray on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Effin Stupid!

  12. By Doug on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am as shocked as most of us. But let me point out, we have gotten better every year by the strategy they have used. Burleson wont be there forever and they have been drafting by best available for 3 years. Great trades and FA signings have us 3000% better than that 0-16 team and the Millen debaucle. The draft isnt over, lets give them the benefit of the doubt.

  13. By HCS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    C’mon now…the Lions definitely needed a 4th wide out, and this kids got tons of talent. Plenty of quality DBs to chose from in the 3rd round…

  14. By Murray on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Bamfu……you don’t have a clue what you are talking about.

  15. By Jeremy on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ya know I was trying to think of all the possibilities for this pick and all the holes the Lions have. WR was nowhere on my radar. Holes at G, C, CB, CB, (yes 2), LB, DE, and RB. Why would we draft a 4th WR that has injury concerns and questionable character attributes? Please someone help me with this!!!

  16. By chris bullaro on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    We have one competent corner, Chicago just added Marshall and another big rookie wideout. GB is loaded, and we spend a #2 on our 4th wr coming off an ACL tear? Who let Millen back in the war room? This has his stink all over it. And sorry bamfu, but I’ve been getting let down by these guys since the Carter administration

  17. By Chris on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m Pissed! I’m a Fan my whole life! One of last dang things we need is another WR. Last year we didn’t have problems scoring, we had problems stopping other team from scoring, Mayhew has lost his mind!

  18. By junelsaz on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Mayhew and company why dont you address some real needs. It doesnt matter if you score 50pts a game we give up 60pts. You guys are completely worthless.

  19. By Ryan on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    really…. we could of sured up the center position the corner position or the other guard position instead now we have to make room for a short broken wide reciever… just want to know who feel asleep at the wheel and is trying to lead this team back to mediocrity…. please tell me you have a grand plan in fixing r crappy dbs….

  20. By bosoxmike10 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    how about taking konz, who could have been the next center for 12 years? how about taking robinson and bolstering the secondary? how about taking lavonte david and getting ready for the loss of one or two lbs next season? how about taking mike adams on talent alone? how about taking the guard from iowa st. to plug the enormous hole at rg? how about taking a reliable rb? how about preparing for the loss of one or two d ends and taking curry? but i guess broyles is better than all of that. thanks for nothing lions.

  21. By rockbo1955 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    come on guys its not that bad ! In fact I cant beleive what you just said look at our record it was nothing like this when matt millen was here! so dont even try treat mayhew that way! jusy chill out the drafts not over and maybe they have somthing in the mix with dallas and the extra cb they drafted they want to trade! and its one of the lions were looking at so dont blow up till the fat lady finishing singing!

  22. By Don on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    This Kid will be a solid Pick and Hopefully will put us in decent field position to start out with the Kick returns.
    However I do think that he would have been there in the later rounds and could have waited. That is all that is bumbing me out about this pick is that I think he would have still been there later and that we could have taken some other talents that could have helped us right away. that there will be a lot of talent gone by the next pick. However I still believe that we are getting the men we need to take over the top!
    GO LIONS!.

  23. By mike on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    best available… BS

  24. By mgould on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone knew, or should have known, that the Lions were going to draft a WR in this draft. After CJ, Young and Nate who do we have??? Besides, remember the Lions are always talking playmakers, and this guy is that in a big way. So lets see how it turns out at the end of the year.

  25. By GuyB1958 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Fellas think for a minute….. of the games we lost last year, it was NOT our offense that lost those games….. it was the DEFENSE. We clearly had a NEED in the D, but the Offense was just fine and didn’t need any “immediate” attention. In the coming season, when we are still scoring 30 points a game, while the opposition is scoring 42……. just remember this day. Peace out

  26. By confused on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    sorry.. as much as i hate to say, i am with the angry fans on this. damaged goods in a position that we dont need. there are a lot of people scratching their heads right now with all the availibilities and needs that the lions have. You say they deserve our benefit of the doubt because of why?? they have built a team with a bunch of top ten first round picks and a couple skilled players that slipped further than they should have. Its easy to pick probowlers when you keep picking in the top 5 year after year.

  27. By eric on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm a guy with a ACL…He was really productive in college though..So will see..Mayhew played corner so he knows what hes doing..Welcome Mr. Broyles..

  28. By Scott on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am so baffled…. confused… angry… sad… I’m not really sure but I know there is absolutely zero positive feelings in me for a undersized injured WR when we have the best center in the draft and the CB from Montana staring us in the face begging to be brought on board. Does it matter how many WR’s we have when DT’s keep running over our aging line preventing you from having any semblence of a run game? If MS is on his back how in the world is he going to throw it to all these wideouts? This is very scary to all of us who lived through the Millen years and watched him think he could build defense and O-Line through developmental late round picks… How about we get our 4th string WR in the latter part of the draft, and the guy who could be our STARTING center in the 2nd? This is the most angry I’ve been in regards to this team since Millen left… Absolutely inexcusable.

  29. By tony on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    someone help me out. why did we just wast are 2nd round pick on a hurt WR? when will the defince get any help? we didn’t need a WR there are soooo many holes on are team that could have been filled with this pick. will we take a K in the 3rd Jason is getting a little old…..

  30. By chris bullaro on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Some dude named Matt Flynn came in cold and threw for more yards in a game than any Packer …..EVER! Keep grabbing those 5’10” slot wideouts coming off surgery

  31. By DennisT on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Wow…I’m stunned by this pick. Maybe you guys should watch the game tapes again from Green Bay and the playoff game against the Saints. I understand the “best player” philosophy but it does need to intersect with “what does the team need” as well. I hope they get some DBs later in the draft. A running back would be nice too.

  32. By Michael DeSino on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    The web boards are lighting up on this pick and first it was 80/20 being a bad pick. Too early in 2nd round for a guy thats hurt and won’t help until 2013. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE is BEGGING for help in the secondary. I say it’s closer 85/15 hating this pick in webland.

  33. By Murray on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    So….we pick a WR with a blown knee who plays the same position (slot) as the only draft pick that contributed worth a crap last year (Young).

  34. By Lorenzo on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m all for the “best player available” moniker…as long as it’s within reason. You have three talented wide outs as well as two excellent receiving tight ends; how are you even going to get this guy on the field? Even if he is an impact player he won’t be able to make an impact (that and his injuries.). My guess is Nate Burleson should be feeling quite uncomfortable right now, don’t know if he makes the opening day roster….even if he does, it has to be his last year for sure.

  35. By LIONNUTS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    This kid tore his ACL! He may not even be able to play this year! I Just watched several teams draft CB’s…including the Pack. I am totally confused right now.

  36. By chris bullaro on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    What’s next, a TE with a torn pectoral muscle?

  37. By tom on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    a wide receiver, or you kidding me. millen must be back in the building!!!!!

  38. By GuyB1958 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    The Ghost of Matt Millen lives on, roflmfao

  39. By EricBaramasco on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Martin millen? I hope u know something we don’t. Drafts best center on the board. A couple of good corners on the board. A hurt wideout? That’s who u pick? I’m drunk and naked at a fast food joint right now. Maybe it’s me…

  40. By HCS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe we’re looking at trading for Mike Jenkins?

  41. By chris bullaro on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Good thing we have a lot of $ under the cap to spend on FA’s, oh wait, never mind. Tell Lem Barney to wait by his phone, they’ll be calling him soon. Maybe Mayhew wants to play CB again.

  42. By Kevin on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Passing on DeCastro was bad enough…picking an injured slot receiver in the 2nd round over better players/bigger needs makes me ill. I don’t get it.

  43. By Dismayed on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. Can he play defense too Martin and Jim.
    Martin was trained by Millen after all. Hope you can score 40 plus points a game boys! You’re gonna need it with your pathetic back 7

  44. By Mike on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Every time I as fan get excite about the Lions they do something totally dumb and inept. I tracking every player after the 54th pick. You better hope they’re no pro bowler

  45. By D Boy on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    You guys that are commenting are idiots. These guys have apparently done their homework and have a list of players and where they want to draft them. Broyles would not have lasted past the second round (torn acl or not). They will address the defense in the third round. Can you say Coast Carolina cornerback? He has the swagg we need in the d. backfield.

  46. By Flap (Mike) on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m puttin trust in Mayhew! But my personal thoughts would have been cb, cb, ol. But hopefully we can pick up some good free agent DBs with experience and guidance, that can help our DBs

  47. By jkill(TRUE LIONS FAN!!) on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Clearly alot of you guys are not TRUE lions fans!! After all the bad years we have have had we finally have a good year and moving in the right direction. Give M.M a break and let him do his job….i promise you that he can do it better than anyone posting on this page! Do you people really believe that one of those corners in the 2nd Round would come in and start? No they would not. We were bad against the pass at the end of the year because of the entire D not just the DB’s. If our D-line wouldve pushed the pocket a little better and made the ball come out of the hand of the opposing teams QB we wouldnt be having this conversation. The reciever pick will pan out just fine in a couple years when Nate is to old to be affective. He is a high productivity type WR and will def pay off in the end. To Mayhew……KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!! GO LIONS!!

  48. By russ on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    So I understand this. We are in the most prolific passing division, have the best wide receiver, a great number 2 and 3 receiver, and we pass on any defensive backs or corners that could help us win the division by shutting down rodgers? Im disgusted.

  49. By LIONNUTS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am trying my hardest to be patient. I understand Schwartz in his plan to take the best player and not draft need. But, in watching this draft I believe coaches are taking a different approch this draft. They are trading up and drafting need. GET ON THE BUS SCHWARTZ BEFORE IT PULLS ALL THE WAY AWAY FROM THE STATION!

  50. By Steve on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    GREAT PICK. You’re all nuts. He’s already almost fully recovered from the injury and would have been a top 20 pick if he hadn’t gotten hurt. He makes our offense even more LETHAL.

  51. By Lions1274 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m lost! How can this be the best player available? If Mayhew is playing poker and trying to bluff his way through it’s not working, because so far he’s delt the Lion Fans a bad hand!

  52. By Ryan Burdick on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am a huge Lions fan and I am very upset with our 2nd round pick. WHAT ABOUT CB!!!!! Our secondary needs help. This is a horrible pick. Is Matt Millen calling the shots again? Come on Mayhew!

  53. By Robbie on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I would of taken the LB from Nebraska Lavonte David. He is a tackling machine. But Broyles is a good player

  54. By the cad on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Another wr……. are you kidding me! We’ve all heard the pundants, the experts, the people in the know, heck even us fans. With their 2nd rounder they draft yet another wr, only this one is small and broken down. Curry was there. Ions was there. Db’s and lb’s galore. Mayhew has done wonders, but this is a headscratcher and is way beyond a step back. Boo Lions!!!!!

  55. By tom on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    The lions have a unique drafting strategy, one upping the BPA used by other clubs, the Lions have BIA – Best Injury Available. Since there was nobody available with a troubling concussion history (aka Jahvid Best) they had to settle for a wide receiver with an acl.

  56. By Flap (Mike) on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    On the bright side maybe we can look forward to puttin more points up per game! ;) GO LIONS!!!!! I’m about the only TRUE Lions fan in Louisiana, and I haven’t gave up on them in all these years and I’ll never give up on them! We headed to the top fellows! THIS THE BIG ONE!!!!! WE COMIN TO JOIN EVERYBODY!!! SUPER BOWL 1 FOR THE LIONS!!!!!

  57. By fred on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, we need help on our secondary…and yes there are positions we could have better filled. But for all those people that forgot: our star WR is going to be on the madden cover. Perhaps a new WR will take some pressure off megatron and keep him healthy..

  58. By Randy on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    What kind of crap wasted number 2 was that? Best player my ass. Out of our needs they feel wr is most important number 2 pick? We could use anyone on the bench for a 4th wr. I still cant believe how STUPID that was.

  59. By the cad on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Konz not ions. Sorry auto fill took over.

  60. By kurk bessler on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I have been living in packer country for 35 years and every season i have listend to the crap here hoping the lions beat them, and i mean praying. really, i supported this team over here and wow, now i watch them take the corner we could have used. staford can make an average receiver look good, 2nd round, really. should i given in and buy green or what?

  61. By Babinich on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Chicago guy; Lions fan. Why this WR now? Was he not going to be available later? Why not a corner or offensive lineman?

  62. By D Boy on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Anybody on the bench for a #4 receiver/ return man? Randy obviously been watching the lingerie football league and not the NFL. Idiot!!!!

  63. By LIONNUTS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    They better pick defense with this next pick!

  64. By LIONNUTS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply


  65. By mike on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    He can really catch that ball

  66. By qm2abraham on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Konz was there for the taking. I realy think this is a bad pick.

  67. By LIONNUTS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    fred: they have been double teaming CJ for a couple of years now. The Madden cover won’t make a bit of difference.

  68. By mike on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    still a lot of great corners left

  69. By Troy on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone needs to relax…the Lions are stacking their offense to the point its not even gonna be fair to the other teams in this league…its sick.

    Ryan Broyles is our LeMichael James and I like him better. Here is why:

    If you draft James then you are doubling up on Bests position. Right? So if james is in the game best isnt. So you have james/best but no Broyles

    The Lions arent planning on an injury to Best…they cant run their team like that. They are thinking. Best and Broyles playing at the same time…couple that with Calvin and Titus young…the Lion offense is practically undefendable I dont care who your corners are.

    When you see Broyles….think Victor Cruz or Wes Welker. I like it and we will all like it real soon. Besides, Dennard is still on the board as a CB and the Lions may be looking at him anyway. Its gonna be great….Mayhew has earned our trust. Im liking more and more by the minute.

  70. By chris bullaro on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t worry, after we give up all those passing td’s we”ll get good field position on our returns. Once he returns from his reconstructive knee surgery

  71. By Scott on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not sure why my previous post was not posted.. Nothing offensive in there in my opinion. I do find it curious that honest fan reaction is limited more than typical posts because the amount of backlash for a horrible pick apparently needs to be minimized. I will say that I am equally upset with the 3rd round pick because now we have an undersized CB with problems in man-to-man coverage to go with our new tiny broken WR… I am having serious flashbacks to the old days here.

  72. By jkill(TRUE LIONS FAN!!) on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Troy…. i agree with you 100%….. not to mention we will pick up more OL help with the secondary help.

  73. By LIONNUTS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    OK. We got a CB. They say he has quick feet. I am begining to calm. And you are right Troy. Our offense will be even more explosive this season. I hope we can plug in Riley to help protect Stafford and give him time in the pocket.

  74. By Richard on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    A fourth receiver over defensive needs doesn’t make much sense to me.

  75. By kurk bessler on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    well, can a guy get a posting please for the first time

  76. By jkill(TRUE LIONS FAN!!) on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    yea if we can plub Riley to replace peterman we will be ok…

  77. By Tim on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I like this pick much more after getting Bentley in the 3rd round. This could be the steal of the draft.

  78. By Troy on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Yep. Dwight was one of the fastest players in the draft with 4.3 speed. Ironically, he was also a teammate of Janoris Jenkins in high school.

  79. By fred on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I see so many people arguing what a terrible pick this was without giving this guy a shot…has anyone thought maybe there are plans in the making of trading to get a proven cb? I am so sick of ‘lion fans’ bashing on every little detail. Last I checked you weren’t a VIP that influences draft pick selections, now are you in the ‘know’ of why they are doing it. Wait it out, and maybe you’ll be surprised

  80. By Robert Ballard on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I have been watching every minute of the draft since it has been broadcast on ESPN and I cannot understand that when the draft falls to you for a solid player (aka the first round) that you change philosophy mid-stream (after Jenkins came off the board, all the CBs were there for the taking), DEFENSE, DEFENSE (CBs and LBs were on the board to be had and Broyles was a risk and a stretch. This was a mistake that will bear out the next time you play a good playoff team. Rounds 4, 5, no 6 and two sevens will produce what? Depth? Needed 4 players out of this draft, so that is severly in doubt.

  81. By Bill on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Are you kidding me, we did not need a WR. We need DB very bad and you waited until the 3rd round to pick one. This does not make any since.

  82. By Don on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I know how it feels, Like we all do when we dont get what we want when we want it! ): However I believe that we are in great shape still! And that these guy’s are going to be very productive for our TEAM!
    And I know there are 4th, 5th and 7th rds left
    And there are STILL some More CBs and Safeties Left with a lot of talent.
    And there are also other positions that can be improved yet in this Draft.
    I Believe in what Schwartz and Mayhew are doing, If they are following they’re Board then they are sticking to the Plan.
    I am Hoping to get a little more Size in the Backfield on Defence,And there were a few DE’s and OGs that went that I did think were highly talented also.
    However, as Long as we keep winning I’m still on board!
    P.S. I will still be on board even if we don’t win ( which we will) Like I have been all my life and like most of us have been! Don’t give UP! We are Moving in the right direction!
    Anyway’s I love when a 5′ 10″ CB steals the Ball away from a great big WR.(: Unless of coarse it is our great big reciever!
    GO Calvin! (:

  83. By Casey on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ok, I have bought into the Schwartz plan…until this pick. What we needed more than anything in this round was a good CB and we got…this…Trumaine Johnson would have been a much more solid pick and he would have helped immediately. I sure hope this guy pans out because I’m tired of watching the team that I love and have stuck with for 35+ years fail…again…

  84. By KnowKlue on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t get it but I also don’t think that we need to draft simply based on need lets see how this plays out as Burleson has been a bust in my opinion

  85. By Tom on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Have to say I don’t understand any of todays pick’s at all hoped for so much more. Giving the lions a C to C- on the draft so far. We have 1 day left hope its alot better than the last two.

  86. By LA Lite on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    i’m going to just forget about this draft and look forward to the regular season. Riley great pick, 180 cornerback? He’s going to be a nickelback for life. Still didn’t shore up cornerback slot in my eyes until you get a CB who can play every down. The WR pick has shocked me in that it’s a second round pick with no immediate impact as others in this draft will be for there respective teams. I see the potential in all the picks but can I still admit i’m baffled by this years draft so far? lol Go Mayhew and keep the talent rising on our beloved football team. I haven’t seen a reason to think your doing bad at all. Team’s on the rise and until otherwise i’m on your side with whomever you choose. This draft just seems a bit odd is all i’m saying. Love The lions and look forward to a VERY tough year in the Norris division. CJ big props on winning Cover boy for a game i like as well.

  87. By Hogfish on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Torn ACL and a year of rehab; the Lions running game needs help now. The Lions Secondary and Linebackers both need help now. This receiver was good before he got hurt. How is he going to be after recovery??? Ryan Broyles is very if’y to be able to play this year. I don’t understand this pick.

  88. By Lionfreak on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Broyles may be a very capable receiver. He doesnt fill any immediate needs. Better hope the Lions follow the model set by NE last year. Score your butts off and hope its more then the other team scores at the end. A case could be made that it worked for NE but one bad week means no title. Make sure Millen doesnt stop by for coffee again like he apparently did during round 2.

  89. By Metalcorepinky on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Heres the thing…The Lions have already proven they can gun with the best of the teams in the league. Here we had a chance to stop teams from scoring instead of trying to out score our opponents. I still have tons of faith in our young defense but it does need some help..or leadership. Maybe free agency or a couple of trades. But this years draft has not improved this franchise. DEFENSE.

  90. By Nic on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Broyles will be the 2nd best WR on the team…. This is a great pick. If he would not have gotten injured he would have been a late 1st round pick. Watch the film bc this kid can play.

  91. By mike on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting comments from the peanut gallery. Remember these guys do this for a living, Unlike you tards that think you know how to assemble a team. Maybe they have a game plan. Just relax and drink your beer and eat your pork rinds and chill.

  92. By Barry on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    What do the lions need with another WR? Detroit has other NEEDS before a frickin WR! Detroit is blowing their opportunities for good players that are a need not a want!!! Come on Detroit get it together!!! With pics like these I guess you don’t want to go further into the playoffs!!!

  93. By edy on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    If injury doesn’t seem to be a concern lets look at GEORGIA CORNERBACK BRANDON BOYKIN! He stock went down a bit when he fractured his bone in his lower right leg during the senior bowl but has lots of upside. Return specialist and pretty versatile.

  94. By GuyB1958 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you may wish to think that these picks are OK. Here is where I have a problem: our D is what lost those games last year, one year from now, we will probably lose Vanden Bosch and/or Avril, our D secondary sucks. Now if they wanted to open things up more for our absentee running game, why didn’t they take DeCastro instead of Reiff? DeCastro would have instantly made Raiola better at opening holes for the running game. I like Reiff, but other LT’s could have been taken later in the draft. You don’t spend a first round pick on someone that needs a year or so to develop. You use a first round pick on someone that can come in and be a starter RIGHT NOW. DeCastro would have been a nice 1st round pick, but we also NEED CB’s, D Ends, and another Linebacker. But we didn’t NEED a WR. You have to address your NEEDS before you start taking luxury picks, and another WR right now is a luxury pick (not to mention taking one healing from a torn ACL).

  95. By rob on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    If the Lions would have picked an early corner, does anyone believe they are automatic contenders? Pretty good chance we are still a year away. When they look at what is available, they look at more than just the obvious need for corner. If they don’t see the obvious fit in that position for the money spent, they move to plan B. To make our O undefendable we realy do have a need for a 4th receiver. Broyles is a high 1st round talent and is a steel at this point in the draft. Best available is not BS and is pretty much how the Pats have built a dynasty. Talented guys who ultimately don’t fit make good future trades. Don’t forget Schwartz is a a prodigy of that school of thought. He is a D minded coach and helped mastermind an amazing squad in Tenn. Can we realy say he has no clue? Instant gratification will bite you – watch the Browns for proof. Better yet – review the Millen years. The secondary on this team would have been twice as serviceable last year had the immense amount of money invested in the D line payed off in the performance of the big guns. I believe the Lions are banking on the improved performance of these high paid hitters to do what they were assembled to do. Most of your anger should be placed on those guys for allowing themselves to be chumped ALOT by QB’s and RB’s last year. Our secondary was in the right place in most games i.e. New Orleans. Dropped INT’s killed us. This is a skill that can be coached for improvement. The key to this team is Stafford. Giving him the best weapons and protecting the hell out of him will bring us a championship. Rome was not built in a day…

  96. By KJ on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Good lord panic has set in among the “Lion’s Faithful.” Obviously every blue chip CB was taken by the time the Lions drafted in the 2nd round. Why take a CB in rd. 2 that you know will be there in rd. 3? They went with Broyles because he has great hands and an obvious knack for making catches. Broyles fills two needs that we have, a 4th WR and a return man for special teams. He also has the potential to make an impact right away which will take pressure off of the two best players on the team.

  97. By Elias on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    It sucks that he is coming off of an injury…But this kid may have been a top 15 pick forsure if he was not, his numbers r the best ever in college he is going to be a beast and everyone is going to regret the negativity. Have faith in ur team under any situation it’s our time to win GO LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  98. By stafFord9 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad we picked him, at that point he was more polished than any of the corners. Why would we adress a need in the draft when it’ll take them 2-4 years to develop anyways.

  99. By Nathan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I agree KJ. All I see are a bunch of band wagoners nitpicking about trivial shit. How bout being thankful that one of the worst NFL teams in the past twenty years has made huge progress and strides ? How bout trusting in the people running the show at Ford Field ? Oh I forgot everyone is an authority when it comes to running a football team. Of course those are the same people who flip flop on their original statements once proven wrong during the regular season. Shut your pie holes and feel lucky that you have one of the most dynamic youthful teams in the league who have proven that they can win in dire situations.

  100. By Jason Tikkanen on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I love Detroit’s draft!! We got a big time OT, a big time WR all time NCAA leader in Rec, 4,500 yards, 45 TDs!!, Under rated Cornerback in Bentley who had 2 ints against Brandon Weeden in senior bowl, and the LB lewis from OKL had most bench press reps than any other LB at combine.. Good Job!!!

  101. By Brandon on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    I actually like this pick. I realize it may not have been ideal, but I think it may payoff. For one, we were horrible on kick and punt returns last year, and this may help with that. Also, having more WR talent opens up the targets for Stafford a lot more. I do think we need more defensive back help, but we did pick up several good defensive guys, and there is still FA options.

  102. By GuyB1958 on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    It is pretty evident that there are many different ideas and schools of thought at work here. I happen to be with the group that believes that Great Defenses are what wins Championships. When I look at the games where our D Secondary got picked apart for the past 2 years, it showed an obvious need. And not just a need for CB’s that can come up with Picks, but we’ve needed CB’s that know how to TACKLE. Too many times we’ve seen our Corners bounce off of opponents cuz they didn’t know how to tackle correctly.

    Look at this list of WR’s & TE’s
    N Burleson
    M Harris
    W Heller
    N Hughes
    C Johnson
    S Logan
    B Pettigrew
    T Scheffler
    T Toliver
    T Young
    R Davis
    M Stovall

    Now please explain to me why Stafford needs MORE targets???

    The Lions have also stated that they wanted to improve on the running game. We already have the backs that have shown that they can run the ball. However, they can’t run the ball if the O Coordinator doesn’t call for a running play. And if they wanted to improve our chances in running plays, they could have drafted D DeCastro to put next to Raiola and that would have made an instant improvement over Peterman.

    I have been an avid Lions fan for over 40 years. I’m not a Band Wagon fan. Yes I am thankful for the improvements I’ve seen over the recent 3 years, and I see us as being another year away from being a solid Top Contender in the league. But too many times, I’ve seen the Lions take 1 step forward and 2 steps back. I’m only stating that I don’t see a need for adding to areas where we are already proficient, and that I would have liked to have seen them be more aggressive at addressing areas of OBVIOUS need.

  103. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I was ticked off about this pick at first but I’m coming around on it now. Broyles was HIGHLY productive in college.

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