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Lions drafted smart … players

Posted by ttwentyman on May 6, 2013 – 11:50 am

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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4 Responses to “Lions drafted smart … players”

  1. By broccolilava on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    Here’s the pitch: A rookie class of players, winning games on the field while solving mysteries off of it. The walls of the weight room could fold down to reveal a lab, Schwarz could be their Professor X, or Charlie, depending on your tastes…

  2. By twelsh36446 on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry has a good ring to it. Now if he can just work on the chemistry of the Detroit Lions. Maybe, come up with some new football hormone that will make them twice as strong and twice as fast as the rest of the NFL.

  3. By derick cleveland on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    way to go young men, the degree is something that can be used once your football days are over

  4. By Black Wolf Standing on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    @derick cleveland — Unless these young men either have shortened NFL careers or they continue to stay current with their field of study, chances are all of their degrees will be dated and they may have to go back to college for a semester or two (maybe longer) to catch up with current technology in their field of study.

    It’s a rare exception any more that NFL rookies don’t complete their degrees at some point in their careers.

    I would suggest to any NFL player to take a few basic accounting or financial planning courses. And keep your paid entourages to a minimum. If you pay somebody to do your thinking for you, you are already broke just don’t know it yet.

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