The Lions' Draft Day: Ways of Making the Detroit System Better

Joe MunneyContributor IFebruary 17, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Glenn Dorsey #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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What if this scenario presented itself on draft day?

With the first pick in the draft, the St. Louis Rams select Sam Bradford .

With the second pick in the draft the Detroit Lions select Ndamukong Suh .

With the third pick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Gerald McCoy .

With the fourth pick the Washington Redskins  select Russell Okung .

With the fifth pick in the draft we have a trade: The Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Berry .

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded Glenn Dorsey and Eric Berry for Ndamukong Suh and a 2011 conditional 5th round pick.

The positives here are the Lions are getting (possibly) two players that fit the system.  In case anyone forgot, in 2008 Glenn Dorsey was touted the same way McCoy and Suh have been this year. He's playing 3-4 defensive end (in Kansas City) and it isn't working for him.

If Dorsey comes to the Lions, he could revert back to his natural defensive tackle position and rotate with Fluellen, the Cohen's and Sammie THE Hill.  On top of that, the Lions get one of (if not) the best players in the draft (Berry).  Whether or not Suh pans out, it's still two for one, and they address two positions of need and not lose any of their later picks this year.

In addition, they don't pay No. 2 money for Suh, they pay No. 5 money for Berry and take on the contract with another previous No. 5 pick in Dorsey.  The Chiefs get their monster to play the middle (or end) with Tyson Jackson , Wallace Gilberry, Alex Magee and Ron Edwards (not bad). 

It is well known that Gun would love to have Dorsey in Detroit and it is also well known that (even though Dorsey is holding his own), he is a square peg in a round whole in the Kansas City 3-4 system. It's already been stated before that teams take players best suited for the system they run. 

By the Lions pulling off a trade like this, they could possibly get two players that might suit the system better than just one.  In exchange, the New England Chiefs (haha) get their Richard Seymour.

Following a trade like this, the Lions coud potentially draft the cornerback from Michigan, Donovan Warren in the second (bolstering what could be a strong secondary for years to come).  In the third , the Lions could than attempt to draft Guard John Jerry from Ole' Miss (finally adding much needed line help).

In the fourth round, the Lions could address the receiver issue and pair up Calvin Johnson with another Georgia Tech receiver in Demaryius Thomas . In the fifth , line depth and Running Back could also be addressed with the additions of players like Joique Bell from Wayne State and road grader Brandon Carter from Texas Tech.

With the sixth round pick, go back to the trenches and find a small school project like Northern Iowa DE James Ruffin or Stillman's DE Junior Galette .  These potential picks are all subject to what happens after the combine. 

A draft like this could add some serious depth to a team that is in dire need of as many players with potential as possible.