Upon reading countless mock drafts and realizing many "experts" still have Detroit choosing Matt Stafford number one overall. I felt compelled to give my best effort at what I feel the Lions need to do during the 2009 NFL Draft.
I have ripped other people for their picks, and now it is your turn to get me back if you wish. I had some different players in different spots, but ultimately did not want to sit on the fence. So without further ado, here is who the Lions should take.
No. 1 Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
This guy is an instant starter on a defense with some holes at linebacker. With out a doubt a fan favorite number one selection. What he can bring to this defense, no one else in this draft class can. His athleticism, and nose for the ball are a great addition for the Detroit front seven.
No. 20 William Beauty, OT, UCONN
Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but left tackle is a must this year. We need to move Jeff Backus inside to guard and improve the line, so the sack numbers can come down and the rushing numbers can go up.
I feel the other top tackles are off the board at this point and Eben Britten is projected at right tackle which is currently occupied on our roster with Gosder Cherilus. At 6'6" and 307lbs, he certainly fits the mold of a left tackle for years to come.
No. 33 Darius Butler, CB, UCONN
The FA acquisition of Phillip Buchanon was big. The trade of Jon Kitna for Anthony Henry was bigger, but no one knows what will happen. Butler is just too good to pass up. This may be the pick that moves Henry over to safety. At 5'11", 186lbs, and sub 4.4 speed, we have to take this guy. Butler also brings the ability to return kicks and even has experience as a wide out.
No. 65 Fili Moala, DT, USC
The addition of Grady Jackson will help on run downs, but is not an every down guy with his age, now 36. Moala will be an addition to the DL rotation and in a few years a starter for the Lions future.
The guy is 6'4" and 305lbs, we are going bigger and stronger right. His cousin is Haloti Ngata, if they start working out together in the off season we may have a third round gem on our hands.
No. 82 Brandon Tate, WR, UNC
The Lions were 24th in kickoff return average, and 25th in punt return average a year ago. This guy has return skills like no one else, with two years of over 900 yards on kickoffs and averaging 22 yards per punt return his senior year. His stock suffered due to an ACL injury that sidelined him most of his senior year.
Tate could also be a very good slot receiver, as he runs good routes and is not afraid to go across the middle. This is a first or second round talent, if he has a good pro day March 17, pencil him in on Detroit's roster.
No. 129 A. Q. Shipley, C, Penn State
Dominic Raiola is good and started every game for the Lions since 2002. But, he is the only true center on our current roster, and will need replaced eventually. Shipley could be a very good back up at worst.
He turned in a pretty good combine with a 5.19 40 yard dash, showing he has the ability to pull if needed. He also tied for second best among centers with 33 reps at 225lbs. His short arms are maybe his biggest downfall and the reason he falls to us at this pick.
No. 161 Jasper Brinkley, ILB, South Carolina
At 6'2" and 252lbs, we finally get a true inside linebacker, not too mention great value. Brinkeley was projecting as a first or second round pick before a knee injury in 2007. He bounced back last season and earned 2nd team ALL-SEC honors.
No. 179 Nader Abdallah, DT, Ohio State
Known as a coachable and hard working player. No huge stats to throw up, I just have a feeling about this guy. He could at least make the team, and learn from some of the veteran players. He may eventually work into the DL rotation, in a few years. He is 6'4" and 295, so we'll see if he can open any eyes at the Ohio State pro day.
So there you have it, my Detroit Lions mock draft.