Thursday, April 29, 2010

Detroit Lions 4th-7th Round Picks

Here are the Detroit Lions 4th - 7th Round Picks and the breakdown and grade of the picks given by Hunter Ansley of
128. DET -- Jason Fox, OT, MIami

Nice pick Lions. They get a guy who would have been in first round consideration without his injury history. If they can keep him healthy, this'll be a great idea. Actually getting an offensive tackle earlier than the 7th is a heck of a start for Detroit.

213. DET -- Willie Young, DE, NC State

Another situational pass rusher. But this one plays with his hand on the ground. NOt bad.

7.255 Tim Toone, WR, Weber State

The 2010 Mr. Irrelevant is an interesting pick. He won’t contribute as anything more than a return man in my opinion, but with the last pick of the draft, it’s nice to have a little fun drafting a guy that probably didn’t think he’d hear his name called. GRADE: C

I love the Detroit draft. I think they should have looked to shore up the offensive tackle spot a little earlier, but this O line is better than advertised, even if it’s not there yet. Suh is a once-in-a-lifetime talent that will energize and revitalize this defense and this team. He’s the kind of player you just don’t pass on when you’re already set at quarterback. Suddenly this D line is pretty decent. Best is an electrifying back that this team hasn’t had since a guy who I won’t even name in the same sentence until the Cal rookie has proven himself. But he was the right call for a team in need of a ball-carrier. I think Spievey was one of the most underrated players in the entire draft, and he fills a major need at corner. Watch for him to get on the field very early.

Getting at least some offensive line help earlier than the seventh round, unlike last year, was a good thing. And Fox won’t be rushed onto the field; he’ll be given time to ferment and get healthy. He could be a mild steal in the fourth. Tim Toone is a pick I won’t rag on too much, though I thought it was pretty harsh for the fans to boo the old guy announcing the pick. Mr. Irrelevant should be someone no one’s heard of before. Really not high on Willie Young, and I think he’s too frail to develop into a real player, but his value is pretty high in the seventh.

People will complain about ignoring the issues on the O line yet again, but Rob Sims makes this line much better in pass pro, and that’s going to help. Having Jahvid Best on offense will add a completely new dimension to this unit, and the Lions are getting close to dangerous. Really interested to see what kind of impact Suh can have on the entire defense. This team got better this offseason in a big way, but there’s some real risk involved with Best, Spievey, and Fox.


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