The Detroit Lions have made a few subtle moves, that have many fans cheering for Mayhew, which to a extent is great seeing that fans are actually coming out and supporting the Lions for grabbing VandenBosch, Williams, Burleson, Hill, and Sims just to name a few, not to mention those all important special teamers (see what a bad one does, ask Hank Baskett) to the roster, Detroit is shaping up, to at least double wins to four.
But to get to the point, Detroit will HAVE to have a successful draft, to consider this off season a success, free agency, has yet to end, and with speculation to grab Adam Jones as one free agent linked to Detroit, but, for the sake of the article. The free agency period is over, and Detroit's next stop is the draft, and here we go.
Detroit has a total of seven selections (2, 34, 66, 100, 213, 214, 255) in this years draft, and this is with no trades that likely will be made on Draft Day. And will again, need to make the best selections thus far in this years draft.
Round 1, Pick 2, the Detroit Lions Select Ndamukong Suh DT/Nebraska
The Detroit Lions, have made the obvious pick, and while many will argue the best pick being it for the best player (arguably) in this year's draft. Suh, took a major amount of time to get and hit expectations at Nebraska, and mid-way through his junior season, he accomplished that. he became a top-notch pass rusher with ideal height and length to affect passing lanes and wrap up quarterbacks, and along with that would be known for breaking through guard/center double teams creating an opening for fellow Lions on the d-line. Could very well become the next Albert Haynesworth or Richard Seymour.
Round 2, Pick 2, 34th overall, the Detroit Lions Select Kareem Jackson CB/Alabama
Kareem Jackson, a player from Alabama, which to me is the fifth highest Corner on the board behind Wilson, Haden, Thomas, and McCourty, will be to me the best player available for Detroit in the second round. In Detroit he could provide a good, physical pop at the line of scrimmage and keeps his hand on the receiver down field to control and essentially shut down the receiver. While many say, he came out early and could have been a first rounder next year with a bit more development, Detroit sweeps him up in the second round, and has a steal at the pick.
Round 3, pick 2, 66th overall, the Detroit Lions Select Syd’Quan Thompson CB/California
Yes, I have the Lions selecting yet another corner, and keeping the defensive draft continuing. Thompson was the third rated corner in the PAC-10 last year, and very easily could be the next Antonio Cromartie and help the Lions, his size fools you being at 5 foot 9, but his ability to be tough on the line of scrimmage and was a punt returner for the Golden Bears and could help the Lions on the return game as well. His pro day made his stock fall enough that he will be available in the third round and the Lions could pounce on the opportunity for him.
Round 4, pick 2, 100th overall, the Detroit Lions Select Selvish Capers OT/West Virginia
Say hello, to heir of the LT position in Detroit, Selvish Capers. He gave good numbers at his pro day, and is the prototypical size for a LT in the NFL, and with a bit more grooming on run blocking could be a franchise tackle for years, being that he was a tight end throughout most of his career making the move from TE out of high school, and being that he player RT in college could take a year or two to get acclimated to what his natural fit would be at LT. Could be due to depth of this years class he is rated lower on the board on offensive line.
Round 7, pick 6, 213th overall, the Detroit Lions Select Rashawn Jackson FB/Virginia
Has anybody else missed Cory Schlesinger on Detroit, I know I have, Rashawn is this years best run blocking FB in the draft, and former Linebacker will indeed be to me the next coming of Cory for the Lions, with the failed Jerome Felton experiment, I see Detroit addressing the need for FB with this selection of Rashawn.
Round 7, pick 7, 214th overall, the Detroit Lions Select Freddie Barnes, WR/Bowling Green
The Detroit Lions showed up at Barnes' Pro Day, showing that they do have interest in the receiver who caught 155 balls this season, leading all of the NCAA, the only flaw I have seen in film, is him being unable to block down the field to help runners, beyond that, his hands are one of the best if not the best in this years draft, and is a small school player, and still needs a few years to develop. And on top of that he wasn't even given the chance at the NFL combine, not being invited to attend but Detroit, I think will take a chance on this guy and they wont regret it.
Round 7, pick 48, 255th overall, the Detroit Lions Select Hunter Lawrence K/Texas
Mr. Irrelevant is here, and for the second year in a row, the honors belong to a Kicker. Lets be honest, Hanson is no spring chicken, and while still able to perform, is almost in need to be replaced after this year, and I think the Lions should give him a chance to be on the market, not because they don't want him, but for the chance for a ring, due to the loyalty he has paid being on this roster for all of his many years in Detroit. and Lawrence could be a adequate fit being that he was 88 percent on all his field goal attempts. Replacing Hanson will be tough, but hes up for the job, and if the Lions still keep Hanson another year, Lawrence should still be able to replace Hanson.
While these picks are no lock, but I based my selections if the Lions were to not sign or trade for any other players or trade up or down in the draft. I feel these would be the best fits for the team, and for the selection the best player to select at that positional need.