The Detroit Lions’ 5 Greatest NFL Draft Steals

The Detroit Lions' 5 Greatest Draft Steals

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The Detroit Lions have been mostly noted for selecting draft busts like Andre Ware, Charles Rogers and many others. But the Lions have found some diamonds in the rough when it comes to the NFL Draft. With Detroit on the clock this Thursday and a deep draft class to choose from, who are the 5 biggest draft steals in Lions franchise history?

5. Don Doll-9th Round, 67th Overall, 1948

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5. Don Doll-9th Round, 67th Overall, 1948

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One of the forgotten players in NFL history, Don Doll, despite only playing four seasons, recorded 26 interceptions, including two double-digit interception seasons. Doll retired from the NFL as the all-time interception leader in 1955 with 41. He also started on Detroit's 1952 NFL Championship team.

4. Jim David-22nd Round, 261st Overall, 1952

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4. Jim David-22nd Round, 261st Overall, 1952

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A defensive back from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State), Jim David made the Pro Bowl in six of his eight NFL seasons, all with Detroit. David had three seasons with five or more interceptions and had 36 overall. David was a member of three World Championships for the Lions in the 1950s ('52, '53, '57), and after his playing career, David would coach future Hall of Famer Lem Barney in Detroit.

3. Gail Cogdill-6th Round, 63rd Overall, 1960

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3. Gail Cogdill-6th Round, 63rd Overall, 1960

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One of the greatest receivers in Lions history, Gail Cogdill made three Pro Bowls in Detroit and is currently the Lions' fifth all-time leading receiver, even after almost 50 years. Cogdill was the 1960 NFL Rookie of the Year and appeared in Super Bowl III as a member of the Baltimore Colts. Cogdill ended his Lions career with 5,221 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns.

2. Jack Christiansen-6th Round, 69th Overall, 1951

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2. Jack Christiansen-6th Round, 69th Overall, 1951

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A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, Jack Christiansen spent all eight of his NFL seasons in Detroit. A defensive back and return specialist, Christiansen recorded 46 interceptions in his career, eight punt return touchdowns and made six Pro Bowls. Christiansen was a key member of all three Lions championship teams in the 1950s. His 46 career interceptions ranks fourth in Lions history behind three other Hall of Famers.

1. Joe Schmidt-7th Round, 85th Overall, 1953

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1. Joe Schmidt-7th Round, 85th Overall, 1953

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One of the greatest players in NFL history, linebacker Joe Schmidt is one of the top five players to ever play for the Lions. Schmidt was a key member of two World Championship teams ('53 & '57) and made ten consecutive Pro Bowls from 1954-63. Schmidt was named to the NFL 1950s All-Decade team, the NFL's 50th Anniversary Team and was ranked 84th on the NFL 100 Greatest Players of All Time list.


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