First down: The SEC has long been considered the most talented conference in college football, but the Detroit Lions hadnt been taking advantage of it.
That is, until this year.
The Lions had drafted only three SEC players -- cornerback Ramzee Robinson (Alabama) in the seventh round in 2007, quarterback Matthew Stafford (Georgia) with the first pick overall in 2009 and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (Auburn) in the first round in 2011 -- in the previous nine years.
Robinson, Mr. Irrelevant after being the very last pick in the draft, spent two years with the Lions, mostly on the practice squad. Stafford and Fairley are part of the teams core group.
This year, of the nine players drafted over seven rounds by the Lions, four are from the powerhouse SEC.
It started on the second day of the draft when Detroit selected Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay in the second round and Kentucky offensive guard Larry Warford in the third round.
The Lions added two m...