Interestingly, eight of the Lions’ nine draft picks either have their college degrees, or will be graduating in the next two weeks.
A team source said it’s the highest percentage he could ever remember for an incoming rookie draft class.
Only third-round pick Larry Warford, who’s working toward a degree in community communications and leadership development, will not have his diploma by the time June’s mandatory minicamp roles around.
Obviously, the true measure of this class will be decided on what they do on the field, and how that translates into wins for the Lions, however, players who were able to excel on the field and in the classroom have proven that they’re both smart and dedicated.
It might not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but don’t think that wasn’t brought up in pre-draft meetings regarding some of these players.
Shortly after the 2012 season ended, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters that the Lions were on the lookout to add players with character moving forward.
Here’s a look at the eight draft picks and their degrees:
Ziggy Ansah – Bachelor’s degree in actuarial science
Darius Slay – Bachelor’s degree in education (May 13, 2013)
Devin Taylor – Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Information Technology and currently working toward master’s degree
Sam Martin – Bachelor’s degree in marketing (December 2012)
Corey Fuller – Bachelor’s degree in sociology (May 17, 2013)
Theo Riddick – Bachelor’s degree in television entertainment (May 19, 2013)
Michael Williams – Bachelor’s degree in general business (May 2012)
Brandon Hepburn – Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry (May 2012)
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