Detroit Lions 2012 NFL Draft: What To Watch For on Day Two

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (left) announces Iowa tackle Riley Reiff (not pictured) as the Lions 23rd overall selection as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) looks on during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Did you enjoy last night’s show? I did and the good news is we get to do it all over again tonight. This time we have the benefit of taking a deep breath with a pick already in the fold and taking a look at the draft from a new perspective.

The Lions have their left tackle of the future, what will day two have in store for the Honolulu blue and silver? Here are a couple things to watch for as rounds two and three unfold:

  • The Janoris Jenkins effect. He has all the talent in the world but character concerns knocked him out of the first round. With three of the first 13 picks in the second round, the St. Louis Rams seem like a natural landing place for Jenkins where he could play under Cortland Finnegan. Where he goes will give a good indication of just how seriously NFL teams took his character concerns into account. If his slide continues well into the second round then the Lions would be wise to take the gamble. Adding a first-round talent at a position of need has to be attractive, no matter the risk.
  • Barring a trade the Lion will make two selections tomorrow. The offense is in good shape, especially with Reiff already in the draft class, so it would seem that the Lions should be solely focused on the defensive side of the ball on day two. Courtney Upshaw, Andre Branch, Zach Brown and Vinny Curry are defensive players (in addition to Janoris Jenkins) that would be good value picks in round two.
  • The one wild card that could interrupt the Lions run on defensive players could be Oregon running back LaMichael James. The Lions missed the dimension Jahvid Best brings to the offense when his season ended as a result of a concussion and adding James to the roster would be good insurance against future injury problems for Best. Jim Schwartz made the trip to Eugene, OR for the Oregon pro day – that kind of effort signals that the Lions’ interest is legitimate. If he’s still available when the Lions get on the clock in the third round, look out.

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Topics: 2012 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions, Janoris Jenkins, LaMichael James, Riley Reiff

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