Most drafts have lions picking up a LOT in the first round (of course some experts have CBs as well. I don't see the FO going for either. I think the FO believes that Fox will turn around in 2012 with Backus being the starter and probably slowly let Fox slide in and take over either in 2012 or 2013.
While everyone is concerned about his injury history and most have labelled him as injury prone, let us review a few facts about him
1) Age: 23 years old (born on 5/2/88). Most draftees this year are either 22 or 23
2) Measurables: 6'7" 303 lbs. Ideal for a OT
3) College career: Started as a true freshman and played LOT in 36 straight games. Got injured once and didn't play his last game because of it. Or else he would have matched the U record of 48 games straight. Injury prone huh?
The injury pushed his draft stock down into the 4th round where the lions picked him.
He was not completely healthy when drafted and was expected to spend his rookie year in IR which a lot of people are not aware of. He wasn't expected to start as a rookie in the first place.
Now my take on the current situation. The position is Backus's as far as 2010 & 2011 seasons are concerned. His injury and end of contract opened it up for 2012 and the expectation was for Fox to step in by the end of Backus's contract which will probably happen this year. Remember, he was pushed into IR (foot injuury) last year to open up space to bring a punter (Malone). He was as injured as Fairley at around the same time. They hoped Donahue to heal in a few weeks and take over the starting job and needed roster space. Fox needed a surgery on his knee which could have happened during the off season as well. The push to IR was to probably get his surgery done quickly so that he can get healthy before the OTA. I also read somewhere that the surgery was on his knees and not the broken foot.
I see the lions going in for a ILB, CB and mid to late round Oline (guards/OTs) and probably a C and RB. Mike Adams will not be a the BPA this year. I am assured of that.