Previous Month: March
April means NFL Draft.
Possibilities abound in the draft but fans always want to talk about the least likely scenario: the trade down. That took a big hit early in April when the Redskins completed a trade for Donovan McNabb. The Lions only hope to trade down would have been to have someone willing to jump the Redskins to grab a quarterback but the need to jump Washington fanished when they addressed their quarterback spot (or so they thought at the time!).
The Rams were sold on Sam Bradford as the number one pick quite early in April, that was made apparent when they released Mark Bulger. Suh was the overwhelming favorite to be drafted number two but the Lions were never willing to tip their hand. Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung was also a possibility as a darkhorse pick.
The trade rumors of Rob Sims in late March proved true in early April as the Lions continued to find good value in players that no longer had roles with their former teams for reasons other than lack of talent.
Draft time was approaching and a variety of names popped up as possible solutions at problem areas like running back and cornerback. Eventually, all the talk was left for naught when the real picks came in:
|1||2 (2)||Suh, Ndamukong||DT|
|1||30 (30)||Best, Jahvid||RB|
|3||2 (66)||Spievey, Amari||CB|
|4||30 (128)||Fox, Jason||OT|
|7||6 (213)||Young, Willie||DE|
|7||48 (255)||Toone, Tim||WR|
Very rarely has there been harmony between the organization and its fans on draft day but that was certainly the case with the 2010 first round. Fans had salivated over Ndamukong Suh since he put up a super-human performance in the Big XII championship game in which Suh’s Cornhuskers nearly ended the Texas Longhorns’ national championship hopes.
Jahvid Best was also a popular pick for his game breaking speed and highlight reel touchdown runs. The Lions picked up two very exciting players within the draft’s first 30 picks.
Next Month: May
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