The Detroit Lions used a fourth-round draft pick on Ronnell Lewis last year.
Rather, they wasted one.
Lewis, an undersized 6-foot-2, 253-pound defensive end, is one of four players released Sunday by the Lions to cut their roster to 80 players. The club must trim down to 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The other players who failed to make the most recent cut were safety Chris Hope, cornerback Myron Lewis and receiver Cody Wilson.
Lewis played linebacker in college at Oklahoma, where he was given the nickname "The Hammer" because of his hard hits, especially on special teams.
The idea in drafting him was that Lewis - despite not being quick enough to play linebacker in the NFL - would help shore up the Lions' special teams.
It never happened.
Lewis played in only eight games last year, was inactive for the final seven weeks, got arrested during the off-season for a fight outside a bar in Oklahoma and then fell behind again in training camp when he was put on the Physically Unable to Pe...