Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Suh is a dominant defensive tackle who was widely considered to be one of the best prospects available in the 2010 NFL Draft.
In 2009, Suh had 82 tackles, 12 sacks, 26 quarterback hurries, 23 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and one interception.
The Lions have seven picks and need help at defensive tackle, offensive tackle, cornerback, running back, and safety.
Fortunately for the Lions, the best-player-available approach also happens to fill a huge need.
A team that desperately needs help on defense can't turn down a guy with this kind of talent. He may not be as fast off the ball or as good a pass rusher as Gerald McCoy but he is a better all around tackle.
Suh is unanimously considered the best player in the draft.
When the defensive line puts pressure on the quarterback, the secondary benefits.
By forcing bad throws they create opportunities for interceptions. The Lions do need help in the secondary but that should be addressed later in the draft.
If the Lions have strength in the defensive line and the linebackers are decent, they will be able to put pressure on the quarterback. The defensive backs will only have to cover for around 4-7 seconds.
The Lions already have added end Kyle Vanden Bosch and tackle Corey Williams.
The addition of Ndamukong Suh allows all three of them to form a top defensive line.
Opposing teams won't be able to double any of them which will leave one of them to get to the quarterback.
The offense is set. The Lions have a franchise quarterback, a stud receiver, and a great young tight end.
The Lions now have a great defensive line.
Drafting defensive and offensive linemen early in the first round will tie up less money than the "skill" positions.
Even if the pick doesn't turn out to be Warren Sapp, Julius Peppers, or Orlando Pace, players at those positions tend to be serviceable for ten years.
The Lions did not want to blow a bunch of cash on a running back who likely won't be productive in a few years. Detroit has been down that road.