Around The Web : Draft Grades

Time to see and outside perspective on the initial impressions the Lions made around the web.

Detroit Lions: A-

Analysis: The Lions made good use of their top-three selections. Fairley and Leshoure could start as rookies and Young gives them the badly needed speed they have been looking for at wide receiver.

Fox Sports Linky


Lions: A +

With Nick Fairley joining Ndamukong Suh, the Lions' defensive line will give quarterbacks nightmares. Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure are both offensive playmakers.

Sporting News Linky

Detroit Lions

Best pick: I love first-round pick Nick Fairley. He was the top player on my board. Now he can line up next to Ndamunkong Suh? Scary.

Questionable move: Taking running back Mikel LeShoure in the second round. They have more pressing needs, especially after drafting Jahvid Best last year.

Third-day gem: LB Doug Hogue is an athletic player who likely will be counted on to be a special-teams player. Jim Schwartz loves speed at linebacker.

Analysis: I love what the Lions did. Getting Fairley was a great move. Then they did a good thing taking receiver Titus Young as a companion with Calvin Johnson to liven up the passing game. The LeShoure pick is solid, but why not defensive help?

Grade: B+

CBS Sports Linky

Detroit Lions: A-

It doesn't get much better than the Lions' first three selections, as general manager Martin Mayhew proved just as capable of finding talent when drafting outside of the top 10 as he had in selecting Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh the past two years. Though the team had bigger needs, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley falling into their lap could prove a coup, especially considering the talent already on Detroit on the defensive line. Just as frightening as the combination of Suh-Fairley-Vanden Bosch is on defense, the speed of running back Jahvid Best(notes) will be well complemented by the power of Mikel LeShoure. In between, the Lions simply added arguably the draft's top deep threat in Boise State's Titus Young to better take advantage of Stafford's big arm. Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue, the team's fifth-round selection, could surprise. Only their limited number of picks keeps the Lions from ranking among the elite drafts in this class.

Yahoo Sports Linky

Detroit Lions: A

Continuing their recent tradition of outstanding drafting, the Lions have added three immediate contributors at spots where their talent far exceeded the value. Job well done.

SBNation Linky

Detroit Lions A

The Lions needed help at corner and linebacker, but could not resist Fairley, who will team with Ndamukong Suh and form an impenetrable wall for a defense that ranked No 24 against the run. Of the speedy Young's 24 career TDs, 23 were 20 yards or longer, and he'll complement Calvin Johnson.

The Kansas City Star Linky

Detroit Lions A-

The Lions might have one of the best defensive lines in the league with Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and Fairley, who some had rated as a top-five pick. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson will be helped by Young and Leshoure.

Star-Telegram Linky

Detroit Lions

They didn't expect Nick Fairley to fall into their laps. What a tandem they're going to have at defensive tackle. Fairley also can play end if that's where he's needed. Titus Young is one of the best and fastest receivers in the draft field. Mikel LeShoure might have been the best back in the draft. He could start right away.

Grade: B-plus

Chronicle / John McClain Linky

Whelp that is all I could find in about 10 pages of "the Google". Dallas Morning News, which is Rich Gosslin requires a subscription along with ESPN's Mel Kiper (someone else quoted his anyways).

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