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I have no problem if the Detroit Lions, three years removed from the worst season in NFL history, continue drafting without regard for position. In the long run, it’s the best approach for re-stocking a once-barren roster.

In the short term, however, I’ll say this: There better be more on the way.

Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew is drawing Matt Millen comparisons from fans and media who don’t quite understand what was accomplished on day two of the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Lions selected Titus Young (WR Boise State) at no. 44 and then traded up with their favorite trading partners—the Seattle Seahawks—to select Mikel LeShoure, the second best back in the draft according to many draft analysts.

The outcry after both picks was both loud, dissonant and mostly off-key.

Talent first. Needs later.

The Detroit Lions drafted Titus Young in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night to be a No. 3 wide receiver, then made a trade to select Mikel Leshoure 13 picks later in the same round as a short-yardage running back.

Every year there’s a downtrodden team that finally turns the corner and sprints to playoff legitimacy.

It might not be a bad idea to make a trip to Las Vegas and put your money down on the Detroit Lions.

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