Lane Johnson on the Rise, But Should He Be?

Should Lane Johnson be a draft target of the Detroit Lions? Maybe not. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest shift in public sentiment regarding the 2013 NFL Draft over the past week has been the rise of offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson.

Fisher had been considered one of the top targets for the Lions with the fifth overall pick but the latest reports (carrying the smokescreen caveat) indicate he may be drafted before the Lions get on the clock. That has led to an increase in Lane Johnson’s name being attached to the Lions pick in some recent mock drafts. But is it warranted? From what NFL.com’s Albert Breer is hearing, the answer might be no:

While I have been a proponent of the Lions selecting Fisher, I do not like the idea of the Lions getting tunnel vision in regards to taking an offensive tackle. My basis is that Riley Reiff remains an option at left tackle and unless the Lions can draft a player who represents a sure improvement over Reiff, they should look elsewhere, preferably at a defensive end.

Reiff’s versatility means the Lions have the luxury of selecting an elite left tackle if one is available but don’t have to feel pressured to take one. If the Lions feel Johnson is an instant upgrade over Reiff, make the pick. If there are doubts whether he is an upgrade, make another pick.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions, Football, Lane Johnson, Oklahoma Sooners

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  • Chris Wyman

    Ok, Here’s a few facts for you that will help this decision be much easier and why CHANCE WARMACK will be drafted by the Lions.

    #1 The Lions Martin Mayhew began the off season speaking about interior pressure and then a few days later he released RG Peterman. Insert Chance Warmack.

    #2 During the offseason after Jeff Backus retired the question was asked, “is Riley Reiff an OT or a guard?” Mayhew’s answer: He is multidimensional player and we drafted him so that we could select the BPA in this years draft. Insert Chance Warmack.

    #3 The Lions have always drafted the BPA instead of need under Martin Mayhew. Mike Mayock calls Chance Warmack the Best Player in this years draft. Insert Chance Warmack.

    #4 Jim Schwartz wants an impact player and doesn’t care what position that comes from. Warmack is considered a 10 year starter at RG, a 10 year starter is an impact player in my book, so again we insert Chance Warmack.

    #5 In interviews Chance Warmack sounds eerily similar to Nick Fairley. If Nick Fairley was doing an interview on the radio and I told you that you were listening to Chance Warmack it would be totally believable. Check it out for yourself. For real! They both were born and raised in Alabama and Warmack played with Cam Newton in high school. A couple of meatheads if you ask me. Warmack would be lining up across from (meathead) Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh in practice, so insert (meathead) Chance Warmack on the Lions offensive line.

    And I could go on and on! And so I will…

    #6 Considering we haven’t been able to run the football since Barry Sanders left and considering we haven’t run the football against anyone other than the Carolina Panthers… insert Chance Warmack.

    #7 but WAIT lol let’s get back to Reiff. After Reiff was drafted it was widely considered a move to replace Backus after he retired. Let’s not forget that. And let’s not forget that Mayhew spoke glowingly of two players for most of last season. One was DE Willie Young who they winded up tendering with a 2nd round pick this year and the other was Reiff who they continually spoke of as a LT. That’s right, they drafted Reiff to be the future at LT, so insert RG Chance warmack.

    #8 Mayhew stressed the importance of not swinging for the fences with their pick and selecting someone who could get them on base. Insert (drum roll) Chance Warmack.

    WARMACK SMASH! The #5 pick in Thursday’s (Thor’s Day) draft is going to be Chance Warmack.

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