The 2011 NFL draft could go down as one of the best ever.

The top-seven picks all have been to at least one Pro Bowl. Pick No. 11 J.J. Watt might be the best defensive player in football. And Day 2 steals Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have quarterbacked teams to a Super Bowl.

But while some like San Francisco and Cincinnati added pieces to make themselves perennial playoff contenders, that bounty of a draft left the Lions broke.

The Lions entered the draft with six picks, used a couple as draft-day trading currency and walked away with five players, including three they thought would be pillars of their franchise.

Not even four years later, the Lions have only two players from the 2011 draft left on their 90-man roster, and neither of those — Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure — has inspired much confidence this exhibition season.