While I think getting a tackle of the caliber of Fisher would be the no brainer if he's available. The fear that he might not be led me to look at another possibility that could work for this upcoming season.
I'm not terribly familiar with Lane Johnson from Oklahoma, and since he has only recently risen into the top 10, I am going to operate under the assumption that the Lions wont see him as a 5th pick type of player.
So, with that, assuming Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel aren't available at #5, here's what I think the Lions should do:
Rd. 1 - Dee Milliner, DB or Ezekial Ansah, DE - We've learned the hard way that depth can quickly become an issue in the defensive backfield and Milliner, Quin, Houston and Spievey/Rambo/Silva doesn't sound too bad to me.
I'd really prefer a trade back a couple spots to maybe Buffalo, who wants to jump ahead of Arizona and Cleveland to take Geno Smith and take Cordarrelle Patterson at 8 ( I know a first round WR, but they're much cheaper these days and we could use another one).
Rd. 2 - Barrett Jones, C - for year 1 he plays RT and Reiff plays LT (if it doesn't work we find our LT of the future next
year and move Jones to C and Reiff back to RT, either way Jones moves to C when Raiola is done and ).
Rd. 2 (from 1st Rd. trade) - Sam Montgomery, DE ( I don't think his "taking games off is a big deal, he said he was always ready for the big games and every game in the NFL is a big one).
Rd. 3 - Baccari Rambo, S
Rd. 5 - Mike Gillislee, RB or Kenjon Barner, RB (for the return game)
Rd. 6 - Punter
Rd. 7 - DT depth (see Sammie Lee Hill).
Just curious how you guys would feel on Monday April 29th, if this is what happened.
I'm a huge fan of the draft and really enjoy the strategy and all of the moving parts. I know it's not perfect, but no draft ever is so constructive criticism and suggestions are appreciated.