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As Ernie Sims Makes an Exit, Is There Reason for Concern in Motown?

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28: Ernie Sims #50 of the Detroit Lions leaves the field after a loss to the Green Bay Packers on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Matt JCorrespondent IApril 19, 2010

From one position to the next, Detroit seems to be a little too focused on the wrong ones. First it was drafting seven receivers in the last six drafts, and now it's looking like they're focusing on tight ends.

I'm not really sure I understand the logic sometimes, but let's look at this latest trade. I'll try and give both sides of the argument here, because the trade isn't all that bad.

The positive here is that if Tony Scheffler (the player traded to the Lions) works out and lives up to potential, then he will add another dimension to the passing game. It will also help take pressure off of Brandon Pettigrew, who's still trying to get comfortable with the Lions offense.

The problems I have with the Lions trading for Tony are: they needed a lineman, they could have gotten more, and they just drafted two tight ends last year (adding to the surplus they already had).

Tony Scheffler is a good tight end, don't get me wrong. He'll be a starter, more than likely, from day one, opposite Pettigrew. However, the Lions didn't NEED another starting tight end, but the did need a lineman.

Ernie Sims was easily the biggest player the Lions could offer to someone, without causing a big gaping hole at his position. The Lions could have gotten a solid lineman out of a trade with him involved, but instead stocked up on an already full position.

Now by trading away their most valuable trade option, and getting an already filled position in return, they leave me wondering if they'll ever truly focus on the needed stuff. Plus they easily could have gotten more in my opinion.

Ernie Sims is still a very young and talented linebacker. He could start on 75 percent of the teams in the league pretty easily, if you ask me, and the Lions just traded him for a tight end who's decent, but not great.

They also got a seventh round pick as compensation, but that doesn't do much to make this a better trade.

It just seems to me the Lions continue to focus on the "lesser" positions, and not the one place that needs to be adressed. To build a championship they need to start with the lineman on both sides, and then work their way out. I just hope they learn that before all these young guys, who've they've drafted the last few years, get too old.

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