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A brief question regarding draft picks and replacing Jeff Backus


I'll be the first person to admit I don't know a whole lot about the game of football, particularly the offensive line. Because of my lack of knowledge I have a short question for my fellows here at Pride of Detroit.

Let's assume for a moment that Mayhew manages to pick up a tackle in this year's draft, be that tackle Matt Kalil, Reilly Reiff, or Jonathan Martin, who I think is the most likely. This tackle would presumably be Backus's replacement long term, but we currently have Backus signed to the team for a couple more years.

Now, as a Lions fan, I would like to see Detroit plug in some offensive line help as soon as possible, so my question to all of you is, could we slot that rookie tackle in at left tackle and move Backus over to right? Or if that's too much for Backus could we leave him at left for this year, play the rookie at right tackle, then move him over next year, relegating Backus to the backup role? Or are the left and right tackle positions just to different to move players around like that? I know I've heard of players moving from left to right, but I don't think I've ever heard of a right to left move. Would it make sense to have our rookie learn how to play the line on the right side before moving him to left tackle?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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