Eric Berry – S (Tennessee)
Almost every mock draft has the Lions taking Ndamukong Suh and for good reason. He’s a game-changing cog on the defensive line. And the Lions need a dominating inside force they have lacked since Shaun Rogers and even that’s a stretch considering Big Baby could only handle 15-20 plays a game and he barely put forth an effort on half of those! So, why not Suh?
The Lions made a very smart trade for defensive tackle Corey Williams from the Browns—whose willingness to part with the 6-4 320-pound player was more a casualty of schemes than lack of talent.
Williams hasn’t missed a game in four years and when he was utilized in the 4-3 (which Detroit runs) he strung together back to back seven-sack seasons for Green Bay.
As mentioned in the Bradford selection, teams generally don’t like investing so much money in a high draft pick for a defensive tackle.
Perhaps most importantly from a strategic perspective, the deepest position in this draft is defensive tackle. Considering the Lions will pick again second overall in the following rounds they could still find a starter at this position in the second or even third rounds.
Oh yeah, Eric Berry is the most ridiculously-talented athlete in this draft and defines the term “game-changer”. Critics will point out the Lions already have promising second-year free safety Louis Delmas. Berry could play the other safety spot or step in from Day one and be a lockdown cornerback.