Detroit's Daft Day: The Holes Remain The Same?

Phil HopersbergerCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands with Detroit Lions #1 draft pick Matthew Stafford at  Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Daft?  "R" we missing something in that headline? 

It remains to be seen if it was a Daft Day or a Draft Day for the Lions.  Only our head banging coach may know the answer.  

Plenty of Detroit fans thought the Leos were dazed and confused though. 

No linemen (Gilbert, Oher, Duke)?  Passing up can't miss linebackers multiple times (Curry, Laurinaitis, Maualuga)? 

We had the worst defense in the NFL and you just ignored it?

As Robert Plant crooned, the holes remain the same.

Hard to grade the draft choices now, but we'll know for sure in three years what's really missing in Allen Park, if anything.  Hopefully Mayhew and Lewand aren't finished "spelling" with Mr. Ford's money and they got it right.  But....

In light of losing every single game last year, we Lion-sick fans must agree on something for the sake of sanity: Detroit did improve their team (how could they not?) with their first five picks, another five potential winners after that (I can see Zack Smack on kickoffs now), and some surprising free agent signings (Peterson and Foote) that offer hope. 

Like the "better idea" strategy or not (and there were plenty who headed for a dark room to write poetry with a sharp object on Daft Day when the leprous linebackers and linemen were shunned), we are a better team. 

Well, at least we are a different team, and that is sure to change even more before we roll into the Big Easy to face Drew.

But what else does the Schwartz-meister have up his Led Zeppelin sleeve?  Surely, he sees the holes glare at every practice more than the pouting faithful can see through a paper bag...right?

There's no question the scoring side of the ball got addressed in April, and don't forget Louis "I'm gonna break your world" Delmas, but there's still that nasty elephant in the room that weighs about 300 pounds per slot that worries Motowners.

They still need a stud muffin or two on both lines, especially to tweak those nasty NFC noses that are drooling for Matthew's million dollar head.  

And the linebackers, as good as they now are, and they really are good, can't do it without a big ugly or two in front slowing down the play.  

So what's the next step?

Despite the 50-year hex, Gun-Gun and Liney will make some deft moves in the next month or so.  These guys are respected in the league for good reason and Schwartz ran some serious D for Fisher after reloading. 

They know (literally) some big fellas are gonna' get capped or cut come June, which is why they did what they did on April 25-26 and grabbed talent over glare.  

Smart?  Insult to injury?  The jury is still out until 2011 and the glare remains the same...for now.

Seemingly, they are doing things in order (the Lions?), taking what is available, so the linemen should be next.  And who are these "picks up a bus and throws it back down" Godzillas that are up for grab?

The list is volatile, and tends to be the over 30 crowd, so we won't know for certain until summer, but the frontrunners right now are LT Levi Jones (displaced by Andre Smith in Cincy) and DE Kevin Carter (who appears to have a handshake in place after two a days end).  

Jon Runyan too old?  Shaun Rogers upset in Cleveland?  A surprise from Dallas?  A tadpole in a jar?  Sorry.  Got carried away.

If you're wearing the Honolulu Blue, don't jump off the ledge...keep the faith.  The linemen will be addressed shortly.  The Slobber-knockers around the league are seeing Allen Park change.  Players talk.  It's a small fraternity.  

When the elite kick their vets to the curb, the Lions will be waiting with open arms, and those guys will have something to prove.

What better way to stick it to the man than to turn around a team like the Lions?  Or "R" we daft to dream?