The Detroit Lions are an ever improving team. They have legitimate strengths but also have a few holes that need to be fixed. This draft should focus on the OL as well as adding depth to the roster. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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1st round Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State
Peter Konz is one of the most dominant run blocking centers I have ever scouted. It’s too bad he is either staying in school or will be long gone when the Lions pick. It is not all bad though Lions fans, we get a great consolation prize in Michael Brewster. Brewster has been productive since taking over the center position his freshmen season at Ohio State. He is a great leader and is a complete center. He has good size and power; and is balanced out with great agility and quick feet. He is the perfect candidate to replace Raiola and will immediately take control of a mediocre offensive line.
2nd round Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Nate Potter has been the blind side protector of Kellen Moore since he took over the position. The Offensive Line has averaged less than one sack per game in that time period. Nate Potter is an elite pass protector that lacks the physical strength to go into Round 1. He is a great fit on the Lions due to their pass first mentality. Potter should get one year on the bench and be able to take over for Backus afterwards. Lions replace Raiola and Backus in one offseason!!!!
3rd round Danny Trevethan, OLB, Kentucky
Danny Trevethan is a dynamo OLB forKentucky. He plays in an elite conference on a bad team and still is among the nations leaders in tackles. He also has improved his coverage abilities this season. The Detroit Lions LB core is decent but can be upgraded. Placing Trevethan to WLB and playing alongside Tulloch and Levy should make for a sound unit. Trevethan has the nastiness that Cunningham warrants to play on his squad.
4th round-Brandon Boykins, CB, Georgia
The Detroit Lions have a sound squad but depth and competition can always be added. Boykins is coming on strong forGeorgia. His ability to be a force on Special Teams also makes him a hot commodity. If he was 2 inches taller he would be long gone by now.
5th round-Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
Lions love to add depth to their already formidable Defensive Line. Bequette was a Round 2 prospect going into the year. He has struggled due to an injured hamstring. When he is healthy he is a monster against the run and can bring pressure from both DE and DT spots. I think the Lions would love to add him to the unit.
6th round-BJ Cunningham, WR, MSU
Cunningham is a prospect whose value in the draft will be determined at the combine. His size and hands are very solid but his lack of speed and being shut out versus Nebraska hurt. Now, Lions are good at the moment at WR but adding a potentially very strong #2 WR would be wise. He also is a dominate blocker down the field. If he is gone Greg Childs could be worth this pick as well.
7th round-Daniel Herron, RB, Ohio State
With injuries to Best and Leshoure it might be wise to add a late round running back capable of running between the tackles. Herron drops due to his 6 game suspensions. When playing he runs strong through the hole and is a capable receiver. He gives the Lions some depth and comfort if the talented duo cannot stay healthy in 2012.