...Anthony Castonzo, offensive tackle from Boston College.
I am sorry, Lions fans. I know you think you need a cornerback, but you don't.
You need an offensive line. Matthew Stafford seems to have all the skills and talent to be a viable starting quarterback who can bring the Lions out of the dark ages, but this is the second straight year where he had his season cut short by shoulder injuries.
You play in a division that houses two of the best defenses in the league, and the other team just hired a defensive minded head coach that will be looking to improve his defense as well.
You cannot count on Shaun Hill and Drew "Teach Me How To Dougie (No, Really, Teach Me How To Dougie, I Don't Know What I'm Doing)" Stanton for the rest of your lives. Shaun Hill broke a bone in his arm, didn't he? That should tell you something about your offensive line.
You were ranked 16th versus the pass. That puts you squarely in the middle of the pack. Not great, but not bad. And with your defensive front, most quarterbacks would be lucky to even get a pass off.
You have Suh. He is a friggin' monstrous, scary mountain of a man. Remember how he tried to rip off Delhomme's head? Yeah, your defense will be fine, and you can get a cornerback in the later rounds.
I like you, Lions. I really do. I want to see you succeed and be competitive again. But times have changed. You don't have Barry Sanders back there, creating something out of nothing behind a broken offensive line. You have a quarterback that is fragile, a field that is apparently pretty unforgiving, and a left tackle that is aging.
Castonzo is a great, athletic prospect. With some work on his strength in the run game to get Jahvid Best, you can at least begin to piece together a season in which the words "Matthew Stafford suffered a shoulder injury" are not spoken.