One of the most difficult challenges facing each NFL front office is selecting hard-hitting players in the NFL draft.
Apparently, each team misses a first draft pick at some point.
Unfortunately for the Detroit Lions, the past decade has not produced enough quality caps in the first round of the draft.
Many Lions supporters regard tight end Eric Ebron’s selection as one of the best missed in the past decade.
Ebron has been the victim of exaggerated expectations as much as any player in NFL history. He just never made it to 10th place in the 2014 draft.
He was fine, but was never good enough for Lions fans. His episodes of abandoned passes are legendary and discussed daily.
His exit from the city was greeted with enthusiasm and relief from a city ready to move on from a player with Ebron’s attitude.
Despite his enormous challenges in Detroit, Ebron was not considered the worst choice of the past decade.
According to Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report, running back Jahvid Best has been the Lions’ first-round pick of the past decade:
Best’s professional career has come and gone in three seasons, although he didn’t take any offensive shots in his third year. During its rookie campaign, Best displayed a dual threat capacity, accumulating 1042 meters of melee (555 rushing and 487 receiving).
In 2011, he had his most productive professional performance against the Chicago Bears, rushing for 163 yards and a touchdown over 12 races. But he could not continue his streak due to head injuries.
Best suffered several concussions while playing for the Lions, and the lingering effects removed him from the game. He had 1,719 yards of scrimmage in two seasons, a promising career cut short.
Linebacker Jarrad Davis and offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson also angered Lions supporters.
That said, general manager Bob Quinn must quickly discover the Midas touch in 2020.
Otherwise, his Detroit tenure will end like the careers of so many Lions first-round picks – disappointingly.
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