It should come as no surprise that Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is happy with how the 2011 NFL Draft played out for his team. After all, the Lions' two second-round picks were both used to take offensive players that help lengthen the list of weapons around Stafford. Wide receiver Titus Young provides a deep threat for Stafford and running back Mikel Leshoure could see plenty of passes out of the backfield.
Stafford isn't just a fan of the offensive picks, though. He likes that the Lions took Nick Fairley in the first round, giving the defensive line another weapon of its own.
"I thought it was perfect," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "I think it’s what you need to do. If you’re in the top half of the first round you’ve got to take best player available, and I think everybody in the draft probably had a top-five grade on (Nick) Fairley. He drops to you at 13, you’ve got to take him. And then we added some weapons on offense and I think we did a great job late in the draft getting some value picks, some guys that are going to be able to come in and help us out."
The value picks Stafford referred to are linebacker Doug Hogue and offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath. Those two guys aren't going to make an immediate impact, but they could certainly help out the Lions down the road.