Where Lions defensive players ranked coming out of high school

All over the country on Wednesday, players will officially commit to colleges hoping those choices eventually will lead them to the NFL.

But what about today’s NFL players? Where were they ranked? Where did they go? Every year we look at the final Detroit Lions roster of the season and break down the recruiting rankings of the players who made up the Lions that season.

Here is the offense. From the Class of 2006 forward, the rankings are ESPN’s. Others are from Rivals.com. The roster used was Detroit’s final 53-man roster and injured reserve for 2015.

Defensive linemen:

Ezekiel Ansah (2008): Not rated by ESPN, but had not played football before reaching BYU. He was on the Cougars’ track team and also tried out for basketball before starting to play football in 2010.

Haloti Ngata (2002): Was the top-rated defensive tackle in the country according to Rivals and the No. 2 player nationally according to Scout. He signed with Oregon.

Devin Taylor (2008): The No. 69 defensive end in his class and the No. 21 player in South Carolina. Signed with South Carolina.

Jason Jones (2004): Was a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and signed with Eastern Michigan.

Darryl Tapp (2002): Was a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, and his Virginia Tech bio had him as the No. 38 weak-side end in the country. Signed with Virginia Tech.

Caraun Reid (2009): Was the No. 160 defensive end in his class, the No. 301 player in the East region and the No. 18 player in New York. Went to Princeton.

Jermelle Cudjo (2005): Not rated by any of the services. Signed with Central Oklahoma.

Kerry Hyder (2009): Was the No. 23 inside linebacker in his class and the No. 125 player in the Midlands. Signed with Texas Tech.

Khyri Thornton (2008): Was the No. 20 defensive tackle in his class and No. 146 player in the Southeast. Went to Hargrave Military Academy and ended up at Southern Miss.

C.J. Wilson (2005): Was listed as a two-star safety by Rivals and a two-star cornerback by Scout. Attended East Carolina.

Gabe Wright (2011): Was the No. 3 defensive tackle in his class, the No. 5 player in Georgia and the No. 26 player in the nation. Signed with Auburn.

Tyrunn Walker (2008): Was not rated by ESPN or Rivals. Went to junior college and then on to Tulsa.

Corey Wootton (2005): Was the No. 62 offensive tackle and the No. 29 player in New Jersey, according to Rivals. Committed to Northwestern.


DeAndre Levy (2005): The No. 49 outside linebacker and No. 4 player in Wisconsin by Rivals.com. Signed with Wisconsin.

Stephen Tulloch (2003): The No. 28 inside linebacker and No. 51 player in Florida by Rivals.com. Signed with North Carolina State.

Tahir Whitehead (2008): Not ranked as a safety out of high school. Signed with Temple.

Kyle Van Noy (2009): Was the No. 63 athlete in his class. Signed with BYU.

Josh Bynes (2007): Was rated as the No. 27 inside linebacker in his class. Signed with Auburn.

Travis Lewis (2007): Was the No. 79 running back by ESPN and the No. 20 outside linebacker by Rivals. Signed with Oklahoma.

Brandon Copeland (2009): Was not rated as a defensive tackle by ESPN and a two-star recruit by Rivals. Played at the University of Pennsylvania.

Defensive backs

Glover Quin (2006): Not rated out of Southwest Mississippi Community College. Signed with New Mexico.

Rashean Mathis (1998): Was being recruited by Florida State before breaking his leg his senior year. Ended up at Bethune-Cookman.

Darius Slay (2009): The No. 109 safety and No. 76 player in Georgia. Signed with Mississippi State in 2009, went to Itawamba Community College and re-signed with Mississippi State in 2011.

James Ihedigbo (2002): Was not rated by either Rivals or Scout. Signed with UMass.

Don Carey (2005): Not rated as a safety by Rivals.com. Signed with Norfolk State.

Nevin Lawson (2010): Not rated by ESPN and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. Signed with Utah State.

Isa Abdul-Quddus (2007): Not listed in the ESPN or Rivals database. Was not rated as an outside linebacker by Scout. Signed with Fordham.

Crezdon Butler (2006): Was the No. 34 cornerback in his class by ESPN and the No. 14 corner in his class from Rivals. Also was the No. 5 player in North Carolina, according to Rivals. Went to Clemson.

Quandre Diggs (2011): Was the top-rated corner in the country by ESPN and the No. 21 player in the nation. Also was the No. 3 player in the state of Texas. Signed with Texas.

Isaiah Johnson (2010): Was the No. 39 safety in his class. Signed with Georgia Tech.

Alex Carter (2012): Was the No. 11 athlete in his class and the No. 111 overall player. Also was the No. 3 player in Virginia. Signed with Stanford.

Josh Wilson (2003): Was the No. 64 corner by Rivals and the No. 9 player in the state of Maryland. Signed with Maryland.


Sam Martin (2008): Planned on playing college soccer. Signed with Appalachian State for football.

Don Muhlbach (1999): Signed with Texas A&M. Not rated.

Matt Prater (2002): A two-star recruit by Rivals.com, he signed with UCF.