CBS Sports Senior Columnist Pete Prisco went through the exercise of putting together a re-draft of the 2010 NFL Draft and while Ndamukong Suh still comes out as a high draft pick, he has the Lions going in a different direction:
Detroit Lions — Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida: They took Ndamukong Suh, and he’s been a good player, but there is much more value from an outside pass rusher like Pierre-Paul.
Suh “falls” out of the top five, landing with the Oakland Raiders with the eighth pick.
Part of the hindsight available in this re-draft is not only the performance of all the players in that particular draft but also the fact that the Lions were able to add another defensive tackle in Nick Fairley in the 2011 draft. Prisco doesn’t mention Fairley but it stands to reason that his presence makes it easier to pass on Suh to select Pierre-Paul.
But has Pierre-Paul really been the better player? Pro-Football-Reference.com list an approximate value for each season of a player’s career as an attempt to attach a single number to a season’s worth of production. Through tree seasons, Suh has amassed a total AV of 33 while Pierre-Paul trails with a total AV of 26. JPP had a huge sophomore campaign with 16.5 sacks but Suh had better sack totals in the players’ first and third seasons.
What do you think Lions fans knowing what we know now, would you rather have Jason Pierre-Paul as a Lion than Ndamukong Suh?
It is easy to forget that Suh wasn’t the only player selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2010 draft. They traded up to get Jahvid Best, a pick they would like to have back considering the way that situation has played out. What should the Lions have done? Once again, Prisco says it is a defensive end:
Detroit Lions — Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida: They could add him to Pierre-Paul from earlier and have a heck of a front. Dunlap has developed into a solid one after being a third-round pick in 2010 for the Bengals.