One Round Down: Detroit Continues To Improve But Still Has More To Do
Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best is about as good a start as I could ask for from the Detroit Lions in terms of drafting.
As a fan and somewhat draft junkee, I have to say I am pleased with the picks. It was probably a smart move to make the trade with the Vikings, seeing as how the Vikings were really looking at Best to replace Chester Taylor.
Suh was the obvious right choice at number 2. Still a bit disappointed they didn't try and get Haynesworth and then Berry, but they made a good decision.
Suh is younger and will have more years in the tank, and it may take a few for the Lions to get back into challenging for a playoff spot, so the more years the better.
Like I said earlier, moving up to get Best was a good decision by the Lions, and I'm sure most fans will be pleased with their selection. As long as he stays healthy, Best could be the answer at running back to compliment Smith.
Now on to what the Lions need to do throughout the rest of the draft. The Lions needs at this point are as stands, MLB, OLB, OL, S, CB
Most important of those to me would be safety, then middle linebacker, next would be cornerback, then offensive line, and finally outside linebacker.
Here are a few players I would love for the Lions to draft. Detroit's next pick isn't until the 3rd round.
The Detroit Lions next selection needs to be a middle linebacker, as much as I like Follett and believe he deserves a chance, I believe they need to go middle linebacker here.
Pat Angerer is a man on a mission when he hits the football field. He would be exactly the type of player who would fit into this new defense Detroit is building. Not many teams seem all that interested in him until late second to early 3rd. If he's available at Detroit's pick in the third round, he's a must have to me.
Pat Angerer would bring a fire to that defense, he reminds me of a bigger, even more physical Louis Delmas, in terms of passion and fire on the playing field. We all see how Delmas has worked out for the Lions.
Plus to have a good defense, you need a good middle linebacker out there to direct the team. Pat Angerer fits that role so well, and the numbers and leadership he showed at Iowa prove just that.
I won't get into what Detroit should draft in the 7th round just yet, but I want to lobby for one more player if he's still available in the 4th, and no this players position is no longer on Detroit's needs list, but it would be a huge steal to get him.
Toby Gerhart is way underrated, and may easily fall to the 4th round of this draft. If that happens I would love for the Lions to draft him. Sure they just used a 1rst round pick on Best, but read what I have to say and then consider it.
Toby Gerhart would turn the Detroit Lions rushing game into almost non-existant on some Sundays, to one of the best duos in the league with Jahvid Best. By drafting Toby they are guaranteeing a few things.
One is they will always have a good option to hand the ball off to, whether it be Smith, Best, or Gerhart. Plus with Best track record of being injured from last year, he provides great insurance.
2nd, Toby can get it done in 3rd down situations, and at this point, I'm not convinced Best or Smith can even 50% of the time. He's big, and physical and will be able to run opposing defenders over.
3rd, like I mentioned earlier by drafting Toby you turn a somewhat weak point last year, into one of the potentially best duos in the league, and possibly trio as Smith would probably still get an even amount of carries.
By doing this you won't burn out any of the 3 running backs, and you're not putting a load of pressure on Best to perform, and keep pace with Smith in his rookie season. Plus it's only a 4th round pick, tell me who you can get in that situation who would make more of an immediate impact?
Toby is good enough to start from day one and be a 1,000 yard back, I'll guarantee that now. It's sad to see that he'll drop as far as he probably will. A lot of teams look over the bruising running backs now a days, but just ask the Patriots, running backs like Toby can get it done.
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