A lot of people are/were extremely displeased with our second round selections. While I definitely wouldn't have said that a WR/RB would be our draft strategy going into round two, after I thought about it I realized that it was fine. I was scouring the Yahoo! Forums in regards to a story about the Leshoure/Young picks, and there were quite a few people who were insisting that the picks were retarded and that somehow we had reverted to MM's (I only spell his damn name if I absolutely have to) draft strategy. I couldn't hold my tongue, so I figured I'd write something up, and now I share it with you guys after the jump. Tell me what you think.
The picks make perfect sense. First of all, as a long time Lions fan, trust me when I say that any time we do ANYTHING involving a wide receiver not named Calvin Johnson, I cringe. Bryant Johnson sucks, Derrick Williams is barely serviceable, Dennis Northcutt didn't do a damn thing for us. I can go on and on. BUT, if you didn't notice, last year, any WR on our team not named Calvin or Nate had a total of 24 receptions for the YEAR. COMBINED. Those are absolutely atrocious numbers for the WR3 position, especially over a 16 game stretch. Titus Young is a speed demon with sure hands that can take the top off of a defense and help CJ out. What helps CJ out helps Stafford out, and if our passing game is firing on all cylinders, in turn our run game will have more holes to explode through. That being said, the LeShoure pick is a steal. The guy is the 2nd best (THE best depending on who you ask) running back in the draft, and we get him late second round? Awesome. Now we can rotate out Jahvid with a bruiser back and hopefully keep Best healthy.
Now, about the whole "but we need a CB/LB/OT" argument. MM (aka captain douche) overreached on players based on need and not talent for years. If you have the choice to either obtain an immediate starting talent at an area of strength (LeShoure/RB for instance), or to go out and reach for a player that's less talented, but fills a need (Ijalana, Ben/OT for instance), which do you take? Do I have to remind people that the best CB's and LB's were already off the board when our pick for Titus Young came up? Or that we drafted Jason Fox for the OL last year who's almost (if not) ready to start? We're stockpiling talent, plain and simple. By doing so, it sweetens the pot for free agency. Now we have so many big names on both sides of the ball, along with the promise of potential that it'll be easier to lure talented free agents to our team.
Trust me. It's better to draft an A+ player for a C- need, than to draft a C- player for an A+ need. Just because you need a quarterback doesn't mean Joey Harrington is the right fit, and just because you have Roy Williams doesn't mean you should pass on Calvin Johnson. Just sayin'.