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An alternative to common thinking on fixing the Lions offensive line through the draft.

I did some outside the box thinking today after reading this article.

Instead of speculating on who the trade partners may be or what the picks may be I decided to focus on the overall strategy of how the Lions may rebuild their offensive line quickly. Everyone has talked themselves blue in the face about taking a left tackle in the draft and moving Jeff Backus to guard. I will now play devils advocate to that strategy.

The main basis for keeping Backus at LT would be the fact that the coach thinks he is a pro bowl caliber player. If it's not broken, don't fix it kind of thinking. If your keeping Backus at LT you would then further self scout and determine that Raiola and Peterman are both servicable at C and RG. This will leave you looking for a RT and LG.

Lets start off with RT. Is Trent Williams the best RT in the draft? There are certainly many out there that would support that. In fact some people are even speculating that the Lions will draft him at the number two spot. I however realize they will not. It is more likely in this trade down scenario that the Lions would take him to compete with Gosder Cherilus for the starting RT job. It is arguable that this would solidify that position on the line.

Now lets look at LG. Some options are still out there in free agency but they are not sure bets. Chester Pitts has garnered some interest from our staff but is not a sure bet by any means. I feel it would be more prudent to address the LG position in the draft as well. Playing the what if game can lead to a lot of screwy stuff that never comes to pass, but that is what all this draft talk is about. So... What if the Lions picked up Maurkice Pouncy to fill that spot. He could easily slide to round two, or if we feel strongly enough about him we can trade back into the first to grab him. Either way he could compete at day one for starting LG and is the best center in the draft. Eventually he could replace Raiola as a the starting center in the long term.

I think this definitely would solidify the Lions offensive line and still give us a pick in the third round, even if we do sign Hargrove to solidify our defensive line. With or without Hargrove there should be a lot of talent out there in rounds 3-5 to address other needs on the team. I am not going to take this any further than a philosophy shift from the usual suspects to date. These later rounds are impacted by whatever decisions are made in rounds one and two so much that I feel it is pointless to speculate further. I hope I have given the other draft day dogs out there another bone to chew on. At least for a day or two :)

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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