Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 1/21/13
Nearly everyone who follows the Detroit Lions reacted the same way -- "You've got to be kidding me," with a few expletives mixed in -- when the team selected Ryan Broyles in the second round of last year's NFL Draft. It was nothing against Broyles personally, nor an indication of his potential. After all, he had been a record-setting receiver at Oklahoma. But he also had undergone surgery on his left knee five months earlier for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Why in the world would general manager Martin Mayhew take another receiver with that pick when the team already had Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Titus Young at the same position, and so desperately needed defensive help? It was certainly an odd decision, one that Mayhew may never quite live down. Eight picks after the Lions took Broyles, division rival Green Bay selected Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward. The rap on Hayward was that he wasn't athletic enough, but his instincts proved to be off the charts for a r...
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