2010 NFL Draft: Five Reasons Why Trading 34th Selection Could've Been a Mistake

Oliver SethContributor IApril 23, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Jahvid Best (R) from the California Golden Bears poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a Detroit Lions jersey after the Lions selected Best number 30 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Okay, so on Day One, Detroit selected Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best.

Personally, I love the Suh selection, but the Best selection frazzles me a little bit.

Best was the third rated back on my board, but fourth on best fit for Detroit.

The others were Spiller, Mathews, Tate.

Tate would have been a better selection at 66 overall and if not, my mock draft player Montario Hardesty.

But that's another argument for another day.

The pick is done and there is no turning back.

While Best is a good selection to most and Mayhew is loved still, keeping the 34th selection would have been better, and there are many reasons including:


1. Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy are still on the board.

Detroit has no need for a QB, but there are teams that are interested in these players.

Teams would have been willing to trade into that position and give Detroit a few picks maybe in the fourth through sixth round, and potentially even players.

2. Best would still have been there at 34.

Jahvid Best was a pressure pick to me in the first round. After seeing Spiller go to a non-RB needy team, maybe Detroit felt that a team would jump in front to snag Best?

That seemed unlikely. Best would have been better in the 34th hole.

3. Trading with the Minnesota Vikings.

Now the Vikings are in a prime position to gain picks, and they just recently beat out Detroit for Lito Sheppard.

Enough Said.

4. Detroit had better options then Best.

Now, Best is the selection. Anyone who doesn't love the selection (like me) will one day fall in love with the pick, and this argument will be pointless (crosses fingers).

There a few players I felt could have been selected instead of Best:  WR Benn, DB Nate Allen, OT Roger Saffold, OT Charles Brown, and even OLB Sergio Kindle.

5. Sergio Kindle

Sims is gone, and if Detroit felt the need, Kindle could have been the replacement.

While that is unlikely, having Kindle still at 34 just boosts the market for trading down.

All and all, I'm not depressed over it, but Detroit could have been better in their thought process.