I was wondering a bit about who the Lions might draft and where they need the most help. I came upon a crazy wild idea. After trying to regain my senses and figure out why this would be a bad idea, I decided, just maybe it was worth running up the flag pole with others at Pride of Detroit.
Well, here goes. *Gulp* I know this sounds wild-eyed and crazy, probably totally implausible, if not downright impossible...
If he's still on the board at pick 5 for the Lions how about drafting Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah?
>> Here's the brief on this player from CBS Sports.com with NFL Draft Scout.com: With the Utes struggling through a disappointing 5-7 campaign, their senior defensive tackle hasn't generated as much national attention as his play has warranted. Despite fighting constant double and triple teams, Lotulelei registered 42 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and four recovered fumbles this season, earning first-team All-Pac-12 accolades for the second consecutive season. Remarkably athletic at 6-3, 320 pounds, he's capable of shutting down running lanes and terrorizing quarterbacks.
That's only part one of the full wild idea though. The big wild crazy idea is to move Ndamakong Suh to DE, so Lotulelei would lineup inside next to Nick Fairley. Ideally, the team re-signs Cliff Avril too, but if not perhaps they would consider changing to a 3-4 from a 4-3 alignment.
I realize we could draft Dee Millinder and try to shore up the defensive backfield, but I would prefer to see Chris Houston re-signed and hopefully have Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood, or Jontae Green vie for the other corner.
Although I anticipate that they'll opt to let either Levy or Durant depart, we should have enough candidates to fill this void. With Palmer, Travis Lewis, Ronnell Lewis, and Tahir White vying to play. Heck with this group, I can see the Lions having enough players to fill a 3-4 alignment without expending another draft pick for this position.
With this single pick I think significant impact on defense could be achieved, while it would allow the Lions to use their next two picks to aide the offense. The offensive line, running back, and wide receiver positions all seem to need help in my book.
So, sound totally crazy, insane, and implausible?
DE Suh DT Fairley DT Lotulelei DE Avril
LB Durant MLB Tulloch LB White
CB Houston FS Delmas SS Silva CB Bentley
Just to belabor the point, here are possible second and third round picks I'd focus on:
OL Barrett Jones
RB Eddie Lacy
RB Giovani Bernard
OL Kyle Long
WR Terrance Williams
WR DeAndre Hopkins
WR Justin Hunter
OL Justin Pugh
C Travis Frederick
RB Montee Ball
Here's my final wish list for the draft:
Rd 1 Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Rd 2 Barrett Jones, C/OL, Alabama
Rd 3 Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin