Lions trade up to get LB Tahir Whitehead out of Temple

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 28, 2012 – 2:18 pm

After trading back in the fourth round to take DE/LB Ronnell Lewis, the Lions traded up with the Vikings (giving up their fourth-round pick next year) to get LB Tahir Whitehead out of Temple. The Lions have also flopped seventh-round picks with the Vikings, moving from No. 219 to No. 223.

At 6-1 and 233 pounds, Whitehead is considered a solid linebacker and strong special teams player.

Watch Whitehead’s combine workout on

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17 Responses to “Lions trade up to get LB Tahir Whitehead out of Temple”

  1. By Tom Drury on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Really? J. Norman CB doesn’t sound better than this guy. James Brown OG still on the board. Heck I’d pick Audie Cole over this guy if your looking at Special Teams. I mean Tahir is a really good special teams player but that’s where he stays. Its a depth pick sure but J. Norman will develop into a solid #2 CB has the size football instincts . . . odd move.

  2. By jalen brightwell on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Good pick Detroit now its time to get a safety…

  3. By jalen brightwell on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I was thing Antonio Allen…

  4. By jalen brightwell on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I was thinking Antonio Allen…

  5. By Megasuhnami on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Great last two picks this late. Last year we got killed on the run down the middle. Both linebackers are good run stoppers and whitehead disrupts tightends in the middle, thats where we got killed. Even if these guys are only in on first down and short downs they are much needed. Keep up the good work Lions.

  6. By Mike Horton on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I wanted the big safety from boise, but I see cinnci just got him.. smh

  7. By bamfu on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    wah wah wah wah. god. u guys are pathetic. i would take bill keenist’s picks over ANY fan’s picks ANY day. u guys are a bunch of whiners it’s sad.

  8. By Alan Gordon on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    No defensive tackle yet! or inside linbacker! Get those in the last 2 rounds.
    Don’t need to take anyone on the offense.

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

    Agreed but i on the otherhand am enjoying all the panic being written on how were going to be so horrible now. lol Draft is a crapshoot. Injuries,bad talent scouts,systems all dictate on how a player does on ANY team. Get a clue peeps in that they are drafting for sceme not your dream! GO LIONS

  10. By furiousstylz32 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply


  11. By kevin det fan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    MMMMan Please im down wit the lions picks yall crazy we got dbs we need the best player we can get 1 or 2 pieces will put usover the Bears.

  12. By Dbell on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    WOW… no safety love??? Matt “the hat” Daniels or Robert Golden the hybrid

  13. By James Montagna on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I coached Tahir Whitehead in 2007 at Newark West Side High School. Tahir led us to the schools first state championship. Your getting a talented, leader with great skills. He is the total package. I am also now a Detroit Lion fan….lol.

  14. By bamfu on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    we’re already better than the bears. we’re the #2 team in the north right now but that’ll change this year. we’re taking over baby.

    also, whitehead looks like daniel bullocks to me lol

  15. By hvacguy on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Did you guys even watch this guys combine video? 10-1 odds he won’t even make special teams. No hands, poor footwork, no hip swivel, avg lateral movement. 6th or 7th round ok, but you gave up a fourth round next year to a division rival for a possible special teams player. Most ridiculous pick I have seen since the Matt Millen regime

  16. By LA Lite on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Looking forward to what free agent rookie’s they pick up now.

  17. By Detroit Lions Junkie on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m assuming the Lions see him as a special teams demon with potential to grow?

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