Excellent move Mr. Mayhew. Getting Julian Peterson is every bit as good as trading away Roy Williams for multiple draft picks.
Peterson, a Michigan State alumni, has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons as a linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks. With an average of 4.6 sacks per year and 46 solo tackles per year, he brings exactly what the Lions need: A fast tackling machine opposite Ernie Sims that can get to the quarterback. And a bit of nastiness the Lions have lacked over the past decade or so.
Now that we have Sims and Peterson, picture Aaron Curry in the middle between these two. Pretty darn scary isn't it?
The Lions, giving up under-achieving Cory Redding and a fifth round draft pick, could have one of the most elite linebacker corp in the NFL by drafting Curry.
The Seahawks are hoping the Lions will now draft QB Matt Stafford and hope that Curry falls to four to allow them to pick him to fill the void left by the Peterson trade.
But the Lions would be wise to continue to build the defense to elite status. Draft Curry and other teams are going to be very, very concerned about all the linebackers on the Detroit Lions. And the Lions defense, once a laughing stock, becomes one of the more prominent defenses in the NFL let alone in the NFC North.