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The Best Detroit Lions First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Updated July 26, 2019 1.0k votes 60 voters55 items

List RulesBased only on career success with Detroit Lions. Only picks made during Super Bowl era (since 1967).

Many of the Detroit Lions' first-round draft picks have failed to leave a mark on the NFL. In fact, players like Aaron Gibson and Joey Harrington are often sited among the biggest draft busts in NFL history. However, fans can also count among Lions draft picks Barry Sanders, one of the greatest football players of all time, so it hasn't been all bad. 

But who has been the top first-round pick in the history of the Lions? The stats below reflect only players’ time spent with Detroit, and that’s what you should consider when voting. How much did these players help the team that drafted them?

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  • 1

    Overall selection: 3 (1989)

    Stats
    153 games, 15,269 rushing yards (99 touchdowns), 2,921 (10 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1997)
    10× Pro Bowl (1989–1998)
    6× First-team All-Pro (1989–1991, 1994, 1995, 1997)
    4× Second-team All-Pro (1992, 1993, 1996, 1998)
    2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1994, 1997)
    Hall of Fame

  • 2

    Overall selection: 2 (2007)

    Stats
    135 games, 11,619 receiving yards (83 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    6× Pro Bowl (2010–2015)
    3× First-team All-Pro (2011–2013)
    Second-team All-Pro (2010)

  • 3
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    Herman Moore

    Overall selection: 10 (1991)

    Stats
    146 games, 9,174 receiving yards (62 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    4× Pro Bowl (1994–1997)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1995–1997)
    Second-team All-Pro (1994)

  • 4

    Overall selection: 1 (2009)

    Stats
    141 games, 38,526 passing yards (237 touchdowns), 1,020 rushing yards (14 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    Pro Bowl (2014)
    Pro Bowl Offensive MVP (2014)

  • 5

    Overall selection: 1 (1980)

    Stats
    60 games, 5,106 rushing yards (42 touchdowns), 2,072 receiving yards (5 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    3× Pro Bowl (1980–1982)
    First-team All-Pro (1981)
    Second-team All-Pro (1980)
    Offensive Rookie of the Year (1980)

  • 6

    Overall selection: 2 (2010)

    Stats
    78 games, 241 tackles, 36 sacks

    Achievements
    4× Pro Bowl (2010, 2012–2014)
    3× First-team All-Pro (2010, 2013, 2014)
    Second-team All-Pro (2012)
    NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2010)

  • 7

    Overall selection: 6 (1985)

    Stats
    164 games, 2 fumble recoveries

    Achievements
    6× Pro Bowl (1990–1995)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1991, 1992, 1995)
    3× Second-team All-Pro (1989, 1990, 1994)

  • 8
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    Frank Ragnow

    Overall selection: 20 (2018)

    Stats
    16 games

  • 9

    Overall selection: 3 (1988)

    Stats
    126 games, 790 tackles, 12 interceptions, 9 forced fumbles

    Achievements
    Pro Bowl (1991)

  • 10

    Overall selection: 26 (1992)

    Stats
    187 games, 600 tackles, 95.5 sacks, 18 forced fumbles

    Achievements
    3× Pro Bowl (1997, 1999, 2001)
    3× All-Pro (1997, 1999, 2001)

  • 11

    Overall selection: 11 (1968)

    Stats
    102 games, 12,451 passing yards (80 touchdowns), 2,502 rushing yards (19 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    Pro Bowl (1971)
    First-team All-Pro (1971)

  • 12
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    Johnnie Morton

    Overall selection: 21 (1994)

    Stats
    126 games, 6499 receiving yards (35 touchdowns)

  • 13

    Overall selection: 7 (2004)

    Stats
    60 games, 3,884 receiving yards (29 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    Pro Bowl (2006)

  • 14

    Overall selection: 7 (1967)

    Stats
    69 games, 3,072 rushing yards (26 touchdowns), 1,374 receiving yards (10 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    2× Pro Bowl (1967, 1970)
    Second-team All-Pro (1970)
    NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1967)

  • 15
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    5

    Lynn Boden

    Overall selection: 13 (1975)

    Stats
    67 games, 1 fumble recovery

  • 16
    10
    5

    Keith Dorney

    Overall selection: 10 (1979)

    Stats
    112 games, 1 fumble recovery

    Achievements
    Pro Bowl (1982)

  • 17

    Overall selection: 8 (1974)

    Stats
    88 games, 5 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries

  • 18

    Overall selection: 20 (1995)

    Stats
    126 games, 322 tackles, 27 sacks

    Achievements
    2× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000)

  • 19
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    Earl McCullouch

    Overall selection: 24 (1968)

    Stats
    72 games, 2,314 receiving yards (19 touchdowns)

  • 20

    Overall selection: 18 (2001)

    Stats
    191 games, 7 tackles, 6 fumble recoveries

  • 21
    13
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    Ezekiel Ansah

    Overall selection: 5 (2013)

    Stats
    80 games, 218 tackles, 48 sacks, 10 forced fumbles

    Achievements
    Pro Bowl (2015)
    Second-team All-Pro (2015)

  • 22
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    Kevin Jones

    Overall selection: 30 (2004)

    Stats
    53 games, 3,067 rushing yards (24 touchdowns), 1,006 receiving yards (3 touchdowns)

  • 23

    Overall selection: 13 (2011)

    Stats
    46 games, 98 tackles, 13.5 sacks

    Achievements
    Second-team All-Pro (2012)

  • 24

    Overall selection: 21 (2017)

    Stats
    30 games, 196 tackles, 8 sacks

  • 25

    Overall selection: 20 (2009)

    Stats
    93 games, 2965 receiving yards (17 touchdowns)