Detroit Lions fans are smiling on this Monday morning because their 2011 NFL draft class is getting some good reviews. Lots of people (including myself) like what they did with their selections in the draft.
It's the first three picks that are getting a lot of attention: DT Nick Fairley in round one, and WR Titus Young and RB Mikel Leshoure in round two.
Readers at SB Nation's Pride Of Detroit have their NFL draft grades in and the Lions pass the test. 64 percent of readers give them an A and 29 percent say it's a B. With nearly 2,000 votes, only nine people voted it an F.
The Lions got great value across the board. The Fairley pick came into their laps and, even with DT Ndamukong Suh, they had to make that pick. Head coach Jim Schwartz is a former defensive line coach so he's going to have some fun with both those guys.
WR Titus Young and RB Mikel Leshoure are also solid picks. Young could be a nice complement to WR Calvin Johnson and Leshoure may end up being the best back in this draft.
The rest of the NFL should be paying attention. These aren't the same old Lions anymore. They were improving last year and, with the 2011 class, they got a few immediate impact guys.
For more on the Lions draft class, check out Pride of Detroit.