Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!
We’re 42 days away from the NFL Draft! What does the number 42 have to do with the Detroit Lions? As it turns out, it revolves around the man that wears the number 42 on his uniform, Amari Spievey.
To say that Amari Spievey didn’t get off to a great start is probably an understatement. The “bust” label was starting to come to some people’s lips after he battled some injuries right off the bat and was quickly moved from cornerback from safety once he did hit the practice field. The move appears to be for the best, however. Spievey certainly looked like a rookie at times but he also showed that he may have a future with the Lions at safety. It is a good thing because safety is expected to be one of the weakest positions in this year’s draft.Mel Kiper Jr. had the following to say:
The three positions that are just not strong this year are safety, inside linebacker and tight end. That’s just three weak positions, so if you’re a safety like Rahim Moore, you benefit. If you’re a safety like Jaiqwan Jarret, you benefit.
Teams are often criticized for “reaching” for a player by drafting him ahead of where his talent level says he should otherwise come off the board. What players are most likely to be reached for? The guys at positions that lack depth throughout the draft. This is the constant battle between team need and value.
The development of Spievey, as well as the signing of former Falcon Erik Coleman, means that the Lions don’t have to be one of those teams reaching for a safety because of need.