Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/1/13
The biggest downfall to the Detroit Lions 2012 season was their ineffective running game finishing the season ranked 23rd in the league. To fix their hideous running attack general manager Martin Mayhew lured All-Pro back Reggie Bush to the Motor City to fuel the Lions running attack this season.Now with a premier passing game and a stronger running attack in place; here is the rookie class Mayhew has added to help get this Lions team to the top of the NFC North, and into the playoffs this season. Detroit Lions 2013 Rookie ClassDraft Picks1st Round: Ezekial Ansah – Defensive End 2nd Round: Darius Slay – Corner Back3rd Round: Larry Warford – Offensive Guard4th Round: Devin Taylor – Defensive End5th Round: Sam Martin – Punter6th Round: Corey Fuller – Wide Receiver6th Round: Theo Riddick – Running Back7th Round: Michael Williams – Tight End7th Round: Brandon Hepburn – Inside Linebacker Rookie Free AgentsSkyler Allen – CenterMichael Brooks – Defensive TackleAlex Carder – QuarterbackAlex Elkins – LinebackerJoseph Fauria – Tight EndAustin Holtz – TackleSteven Miller – Running BackJon Morgan – LinebackerMartavius Neloms – Corner BackLaAdrian Waddle – TackleCody Wilson – Wide ReceiverJohn Laub – QuarterbackTrevor Marrongelli – CenterAndre Snipes-Booker – Wide ReceiverTravis Tarpley – Wide ReceiverThe Lions are a team that needs a piece here and a piece there on both sides of the ball to get to the top of the NFC North. Head coach Jim Schwartz has addressed his team equally on both sides of the ball during the draft with four picks being spent on offense, four being spent on defense, and the uneven pick on a punter.Ezekial Ansah appears to be a strong fit on a defense that is in bad need of another pass rusher. Ansah might not have the experience under his belt to be a dominating force right away, but has the size and abilities to where with a little time should be an All-Pro in the league.Darrius Slay could also find himself as and everyday starter and gives the Lions fourteenth ranked passing a defense a huge boost. To start camp Slay will be competing with Ron Bartell, Bill Bently, and Chris Greenword for the corner position opposite Chris Houston.Larry Warford is a tremendous addition for the Lions offense, and was a steal in the third round when he fell in the lap of Schwartz. Warford should be able to open those holes Reggie Bush will need along with provide the protection for Mathew Stafford in the pocket.Warford is not the only rookie on the offensive side of the ball that has been making a difference trying to earn a starting job; he was joined on the Lions second team offensive line by Austin Holtz.To go along with the noticeable additions the the offensive line; Steven Miller, and Cody Wilson have been spending time fielding punts during organized team activities with Bush. With a strong showing during training camp and preseason, Wilson could find himself filling the vacant receiver spot Titus Young left when he was cut from the team.
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