The fundamental question here is what does a team that just completed the first perfect season in reverse need first? This is not a problem that one off season, one draft, or one big time player is going to be able to fix. The premise here is the Detroit Lions need a plan, and it will be up to GM Martin Mayhew to craft that plan and then use new Head Coach Jim Schwartz to implement it.
Saying a NFL team needs a plan is like saying I need air to live, but in the case of the Lions who have not had a plan since the hiring of former GM Matt Millen the Lions have not had a plan and that is why their roster is a motley crew collection of supposed NFL caliber talent.
Since the Lions have the first overall pick in the draft we will not very soon what their plan is. Do they go the route of former first round pick QB Joey Harrington and take Georgia QB Matt Stafford? Or do they take a note from the Bill Parcells book at draft a impact Offensive lineman or defensive superstar with that first pick? Only time will tell, but we can effectively argue that the Lions need impact players at just about every position on offense and defense.
With the collection of talent in this year’s draft I personally would build up the defense first. I would use the number one overall pick on LB Aaron Curry of Wake Forest, and use the 20th pick on Robert Ayers DE from Tennessee.
In the second round the Lions are going to need to draft an impact offensive lineman, in fact regardless of position they should take the best OL left on their board with the 33rd pick overall.
More then likely that player will be William Beatty Tackle from Connecticut. With that move they could move LT Jeff Backus inside to a guard position he may be better suited for. It would also pair him with 2008 first round draft pick RT Gosder Cherilus.
With two picks in the third round I would then focus in on some of the offensive problems. IF Pat White (QB West Virginia) was there at the start of the third round I would make him my first pick of the second day of this draft. White is an incredible talent and could fill a slash role as a wide receiver.
If the lions feel confident hat QB Daunte Culpepper can manage this team through the next two season I would select James Casey TE Rice with this pick. Casey is a pass catching weapon that could help compliment star receiver Calvin Johnson.
With their last pick of the third round, 84th overall, the Lions should go back to building their defense and select Asher Allen CB from Georgia. This is one of many DB’s the lions will have to add to plug all of the holes in their pathetic defense.
With these five picks the lions must add at least three building blocks for the foundation of their renewed team. If they do not, this team will once again suffer though another era of losing until either owner William Clay Ford Sr. passes away or sells this franchise.