Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was waived today, according to multiple reports. Leshoure was given plenty of chances in training camp and the preseason, but obviously it didn't work.
That leaves only Nick Fairley still on the roster from the 2011 Lions’ draft.
They used to say it takes five years to adequately judge a team’s draft class, but I think we can jump the gun on this one.
Miserable, lousy, disastrous — pick one.
— Fairley was the 13th overall pick. He has not lived up to that designation. He’s just been too inconsistent. So much so that the Lions did not pick up his option for the 2015 season. He was demoted to second string in the preseason and is not a lock to start on Sept. 8.
— Titus Young was the second-round pick (44th overall). The Lions must have thought he was over issues that had gotten him suspended at Boise State and in high school. He was released in February 2013. Young has been arrested multiple times in California.
— Leshoure was the 57th overall pick in the second round. His first offseason was disastrous (I realize I’m using that word often) with two marijuana-related arrests that led to a two-game suspension. He missed his rookie season with an Achilles injury.
— Linebacker Doug Hogue was taken in the fifth round. He played special teams as a rookie and was released mid-season in 2012.
— Johnny Culbreath, an offensive tackle, was drafted in the seventh round. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve and then had a marijuana-related arrest. He was cut before training camp in 2012.