2012 NFL Draft Preview: Bold Selections for Up-and-Coming Detroit Lions
General manager Martin Mayhew has a history of selecting the best player available on his draft board and seemingly will not stray from that strategy this year.
This year’s draft provides the perfect opportunity for the Lions to add depth to their roster with players of the future that can help make a push deeper into the postseason.
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Although Burfict has the talent to go in the first 15 picks, he could easily drop to the Lions.
There are question marks about Burfict’s maturity and ability to control his actions on the field. He lets his emotions get the best of him, at times, which has hurt his team and caused him to drop down the depth chart at Arizona State.
Whether Detroit retains Stephen Tulloch, Burfict has the skill to play a lot of snaps in the "Motor City" as a rookie and add depth to Detroit’s linebacker core.
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Jeff Backus is not getting any younger, and while the Lions offensive line played better this season compared to years past, there is always room for improvement.
Glenn is a versatile player who can play guard or tackle on both sides of the line.
Drafting Glenn would provide security for the future of Detroit’s offensive line, especially with Matthew Stafford’s injury history. A pick like Glenn could also boost the run game in Detroit.
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Dominic Raiola has been a staple at center for the Lions over the past 11 seasons. But at 33 years old, the Lions need to start thinking about life after Raiola.
Wisconsin center Peter Konz is a big, strong Big Ten lineman who looks to be a future successful center in the NFL. He also could play guard if need be.
Like Glenn, Konz would be a big addition to help protect Stafford, now and in the future.
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Jenkins is one of the most talented defensive backs in this year’s draft. But after being kicked off the University of Florida football team for two arrests involving marijuana, Jenkins should be available when the Lions pick.
It is no secret that Detroit needs help in their secondary. Mayhew has a history of drafting the best player available, regardless of position. Jenkins will certainly be the most talented player available, but if team management does not feel comfortable with his legal history, they may pass on him and filling a need.