Owner: @jhoe0411 – 2 OL, 1 WR, 1 LB, 1 CB, 1 RB
13. Detroit (6-10) – @jhoe0411 – Tyron Smith, OT USC
2.12 Detroit (6-10) @jhoe0411 – Jonathan Baldwin, WR – Pitt
3.11 Detroit (6-10) – @jhoe0411 – Ryan Bartholomew, OG/C – Sryacuse
4.10 (107) Detroit : Mark Herszlich, OLB– BC
5.23 (154) Detroit Lions(f/KC): Buster Skrine, CB – Tenn Chat
7.02 – 205. Detroit Lions(f/DEN): Evan Royster, RB – PSU
The Lions were fortunate to have USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith fall into their laps. Though raw, the incredibly athletic big man could help make sure Matthew Stafford doesn’t have to be put back together again. Ideally, the team could have Smith start out playing at his college right tackle spot, then move over to the blind side when The team could ease his adjustment to the NFL game by letting Smith stay at his college right tackle spot for a year, then have him replace Jeff Backus on the blindside.
Similarly, the Lions got good value in the 2nd Round with Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin. A king-sized wideout with good buildup speed, Baldwin would benefit greatly from having the strong-armed Stafford hitting him deep. However, he’ll also need to keep his head on straight and prove he has the quickness to be effective in the short passing game.
While the Lions’ first two upside picks are ones folks can be optimistic about, their later picks may not stand up to the same kind of scrutiny. Third round pick Ryan Bartholomew wowed at the Combine, but his inconsistency on tape and absolutely brutal week at the East-West Shrine Game suggest that he may be nothing more than a developmental project.
On the other hand, fourth round pick Mark Herzlich‘s underwhelming Combine that he courageous BC linebacker hasn’t regained his athleticism. At this point, he’s better off as a 3-4 inside linebacker and could struggle to keep up in Detroit’s defense.
Also, the team may have overdrafted Buster Skrine, a speedy small school corner who’s a poor tackler and lack consistency. The gambles at the top of the draft appeared to make sense, but theones later on may lead to this draft not looking quite as rosy five years from now.
Grade: B –
Graded by Aaron Aloysius – @AaronAloysius