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Should the Lions look for an offensive lineman on Day 2?
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com
The big boys ruled the night Thursday.
The most talent and depth of any position heading into the draft was along the offensive line. That fact was cemented early Thursday when six of the first 11 picks were offensive linemen.
This is the first time in NFL Draft history that four offensive lineman have been taken within the first seven picks.
Three internationals picked in first round of NFL draft
Julian Linden – Reuters
The global spread of American football has been a slow process. There are a sprinkling of foreign-born players in the NFL but, more than America’s other major professional sports, it is a game which relies almost entirely on home-bred players.
But on Thursday, on the opening day of the annual Draft where teams go searching for the players they hope will win them a Super Bowl, there was a small sea change that offered a fresh insight into the changing face of the game.
2013 NFL Draft: Ziggy Ansah is the Wrong Pick for Detroit Lions
Chris Katje – Rant Sports
The Lions chose to take a high risk/high reward with Ansah at number five. This pick came after three offensive lineman were taken ahead of their selection and the arguably best defensive end Dion Jordan had already been picked. Ansah with very little football experience became the upside pick Lions fans did not want to see.
Former Detroit Lions defender Sam Williams dies
The Associated Press
Sam Williams, the former Detroit Lions defensive end who also played for the Rams and Falcons, has died. He was 82.
Williams’ son said his father died Thursday following an illness at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, a Detroit suburb.