Buried in the official release of the departure of linebacker Solomon Elimimian – which was not shocking at all – were a couple of other moves that were far more surprising.
The Lions have released two former first-round draft picks in Canadian offensive lineman Charles Vaillancourt, (5th overall in 2016), and national receiver Danny Vandervoort (3rd overall in 2017.)
Both had their issues. Vaillancourt missed all of last season with a wrist injury but had played in 29 games, including seven starts over the previous three seasons. Vandervoort played in 26 games over the last two seasons but made just one catch, for 25 yards. That’s… not a lot of production.
It’s worth noting that current general manager Ed Hervey didn’t draft either guy: they were holdovers from the Wally Buono era. With Buono now gone, Hervey has wasted little time putting his stamp on the organization and that includes two formerly promising prospects.