Detroit Lions Draft 2011: 5 Free Agents Who Can Keep Detroit from Drafting an OT

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Detroit Lions Draft 2011: 5 Free Agents Who Can Keep Detroit from Drafting an OT
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When you are three years removed from losing 16 games you are almost required to draft the best talent in the NFL Draft regardless of position.

In 2011, with the 13th selection the Detroit Lions may be in the position of taking an offensive tackle of the future, if indeed that player is the best available at the time.

Detroit is not deep on the offensive line and has many issues. While I believe that the offensive line was much improved last year, the lack of depth is down right scary. With Corey Hilliard possibly becoming a free agent, Jason Fox is left as the only qualified replacement player behind Gosder Cherilus and Jeff Backus.

That worry is only compounded by Cherilus' recent injury problems and Backus' age. We need another offensive tackle on the roster who is of starting caliber, and I think we can find him in free agency instead of using our precious first round pick on one.

Some of these are names you know, and some are not. My top choice is sure to start a controversy with a life of its own, but I have to write what I believe to be true.

Here are my top five free agent solutions to Detroit's offensive tackle problem: 

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