The Detroit Lions have done much better to upgrade their offensive line lately through the draft, and they’ll hope that theme continued in the third round when they selected center Travis Swanson out of Arkansas. In need of an eventual replacement for aging Dominic Raiola, Detroit nabbed the player they liked quickly, hoping to duplicate the success they had selecting guard Larry Warford, another SEC product, in 2013.
Who? Travis Swanson
When? Round 3, Pick 76
Why? Raiola’s age means he probably only has a season or two left, meaning Detroit needs to make the transition process as seamless as possible at an important position on the line. It’s likely best for them to get Swanson, the player they like, rather than wait around another year and risk having to scramble for a suitable transition. Swanson was a first team All-American in 2013, and had been a captain since his junior year.