Detroit Lions Could Use Former Great Players in 2013

By Chris Loud
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The Detroit Lions have a decent team this year, but no doubt there are some missing pieces. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Lions were able to draft from a pool of their own former players to help out the current team? It’s nice to think about the bright spots of the Lions’ history on Thanksgiving Day. To keep this dream grounded a little more, how about we say you only get five drafts from the pool of former Lions players. Remember, don’t pick with your heart; think like a fantasy drafter.

Hint: The Lions don’t need Barry Sanders right now in 2013. I think Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will do given how many other holes need to be filled. He is still the most exciting player in Lions history, or maybe NFL history, but with only five picks, you have to be stingy. Sorry Barry, but this is serious. Let’s break it down.

Mel Gray was an outstanding return man, and at times was the most successful thing about the Lions in the early 90s outside of Sanders. Grabbing a few scores off specials teams, igniting the crowd off returns and winning the field position battle would be nice. Desmond Howard played briefly with the Lions, but not during his prime. Otherwise, I would say Howard would’ve been nice to throw in the slot a few times too in a more pass-heavy offense these days. I think Gray is the best fit for that need. Brett Perriman was a great second receiver to Herman Moore back in the 90s, and I think he would provide great balance for Calvin Johnson. Moore would’ve been great, but I like Perriman’s experience as a second receiver in this situation. Perriman and Moore were the first receiving duo in NFL history to each have 100 receptions or more in a single season.

Charlie Sanders was the Lions’ best tight end of all time, and would help spread out of the offense some more. Sanders was a six-time Pro Bowler, and is a Hall of Famer. Chris Spielman was not only a great linebacker, but he was also a great leader, something that is seriously lacking on the Lions this year. His discipline and work ethic would do wonders on the defense this season. Doak Walker did everything from running, catching, kicking and tackling back in the early days. I’d say the Lions need to snag him, and just use him wherever they need to fill a hole. He also knows how to win, with two championships under his belt.

Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy the football no matter how frustrating…

Chris Loud is a Detroit Lions writer for Follow him on Twitter @cfloud, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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