James Brown makes some sense here, and the Lions would be no worse for wear with two new offensive tackles, but with two of the top three picks?
Why not an upgrade for the interior? The Lions need to upgrade the rushing attack, and it isn't going to happen by drafting tackles. And quality interior linemen aren't something that the Lions can pick up in free agency without paying a small fortune.
Besides, does this mean we're giving up on Jason Fox? Corey Hilliard? Johnny Culbreath? The Lions have invested some resources into the future at tackle, and just because it hasn't come to fruition yet doesn't mean the Lions are ready to give up on them.
But there's only so much space on the roster, and bringing in two new tackles with high picks means they'll have to make room, presumably by cutting some of their project players.
Now, maybe that doesn't hurt anybody's feelings too badly, but none of the aforementioned players have had more than two years with the team, and most of those years have been spent on IR.
I don't know that the Lions are ready to cut their starters yet, and I don't know if they're ready to give up on their projects yet. What I do know is they'll have to do one of those things to fit both Brown and Mike Adams on the roster.
And if the Lions were to spend two early picks on tackles like this... why not Mitchell Schwartz out of Cal? He inexplicably slipped all the way to the fourth round, despite most projections having him off the board by the second. He would have been the better value here.
EDIT: Since I basically just ripped into Kostora on this pick, it's only fair to give him this space to explain himself. He explained his rationale on the Brown pick in the comments box below, but he deserves more precedence than that, so here's what he has to say:
"Most of the scouting reports I read project him as a guard at the next level and a second round value. So I was taking him with the belief that he would transition to the interior."
Makes sense, and I see some of the same scouting reports he's talking about. If in fact Brown turns out to be a poor man's Cordy Glenn, this pick makes perfect sense. I wonder if Brown has the road-grading ability to be the kind of guard the Lions need, but I can't argue with Kostora's rationale.