When the Detroit Lions cut Titus Young on Monday, that left just two members of Detroit’s 2011 draft class — Nick Fairley (first round) and Mikel Leshoure (second round).
Yes, they only had five picks in that draft. But when you have a limited number you have to make each one count.
Linebacker Doug Hogue (fifth-round) and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath (seventh round) had previously been cut.
Hogue had played on special teams in five games before he was released on Oct. 22, 2012.
Culbreath had been arrested in the spring of 2012 for marijuana possession and was cut just before camp started.
Fairley and Leshoure were each arrested twice in the spring of 2012. Leshoure was suspended for the first two games of the season.
For the NFL draft this year (April 25-27) the Lions have picks in each round except the fourth which was traded during the draft last year to acquire Tahir Whitehead. In the first round they have the fifth overall pick.