I'm actually fine with this draft but it does bring up questions in my mind.
They wanted to trade up for an OT. This says to me that they don't think that Reiff and Fox are the best answers especially compared to Fisher and Loekel. This seems rather ominous to me given that this is the best we've got and it ain't going to get any better.
Taking Ansah at this point wasn't problematic to me. He's a talent that has been used in too many places, essentially he's been watered down. The Lions saw that if he was limited in his responsibilities, so he could concentrate, he would be far more effective and he was at the Senior Bowl. I don't see him as being all world in his first year but he should be as good as every DE that was on the board. and remember, there is tremendous upside on this guy. I wouldn't be surprised if he gave us 10 sacks in his first year.
I really don't know much about Slay. I wasn't expecting a CB at this point given that we have 3 CB's in waiting. Admittedly this position takes a lot of injuries so being stacked there isn't a bad idea but they must have seen a lack, especially in Greenwood, that made them think they needed to take another big corner.
I was expecting a WR in the third round but seeing Warford sitting there with a ribbon around his neck was just too good to pass up. I would have taken him in the 2nd round so this goes right to the heart of the matter to me. He is good but it's known that he seems a bit confused at the second level. I'm not worried about that. The Lions problem is just trying to get decent blocks at the first level.
I wanted a C/G at this position but they must be feeling kind of positive about Nagy in taking over for Raiola, which is a surprise to me but what do I know?
At least to me, this doesn't seem like a scatter shot draft. They seem to have picked people that will augment their schemes. They took their BPA but it seemed more focused. Is this the Xander influence? What do you folks think?