Trying to contain my excitement about the KVB and Burleson signings.
So it was pretty much a consensus that we should take Suh with the second pick. All of a sudden, we acquire a good DT in Corey Williams who, like Suh, plays from the three-point stance. When you factor that we are adding $6 million to the payroll with the addition of Williams, it would be a little ridiculous to also then add Suh, who will get $10+ million a year with his rookie contract. If we did pick up Suh, we would be looking at paying nearly $20 million solely for our two starting DTs. So what do we do?
Draft Russell Okung instead. We have already significantly upgraded the D-Line with KVB and C-Will, and the O-line needed nearly as much work before free agency began. We draft out franchise LT in Okung, move Backus inside to guard, which will significantly upgrade our O-line. LG was really our only gaping hole, and this would fix that. Stephen Peterman is an underrated RG, and we know what Raiola can do. The only question mark on the o-line would be Gosder Cherilus, who we can only pray finally plays up to his potential this year.
here's a (hopeful) Lions mock for the first 3 rounds:
Round 1: Russel Okung, LT, Oklahoma State
Round 2: Jahvid Best, RB, Cal
Round 3: Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
I admit, Best landing in our laps in the second is a stretch, after his combine showing it's very unlikely he'll fall out of the first round. But, hey, I can be hopeful, right?
If the draft unfolds like this, we all of sudden have no glaring weakness, maybe outside of depth at CB. But nobody can say we couldn't be a legitimate playoff team with all of these additions.