Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) forces a fumble in the end zone by San Diego State Aztecs quarterback Adam Dingwell (3) in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. BYU defeated San Diego State 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

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Defense wins championships … but so does offense
Kyle Meinke –

Last season, Seattle’s No. 1 defense destroyed Denver’s No. 1 offense last season. But in 2005, Indianapolis’ No. 3 offense beat Chicago’s fifth-ranked defense to win Super Bowl XLI.

It wasn’t the epic No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense that was last year’s affair, but it was still strength against strength — premier offense against premier defense. And offense prevailed.

Lions’ wait will be well worth it if Van Noy delivers
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

The wait can be tense and excruciating, and it happens several times every draft.

The Lions had one of those long, impatient, hour-plus nail-bitters in the first round Thursday, when they watched the Buffalo Bills trade up for wide receiver Sammy Watkins and most of the other players in their personal top 10 fall off the board before they got on the clock.

In the second round, not wanting to risk the Bills or another team snapping up Kyle Van Noy, the Lions traded up five spots to take the pass-rushing outside linebacker.

Detroit Lions – How the 8 draft picks will fit in
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

A quick look at the eight players drafted by the Detroit Lions and how they are expected to fit in:

Lions wanted to add a quarterback, but none fell where they wanted
Josh Alper — Pro Football Talk

The Lions don’t have a need for a starting quarterback, but General Manager Martin Mayhew said that the team was interested in drafting a quarterback to join Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore in the backup mix.

That never happened and Mayhew says it’s because any time they would start talking about a quarterback, the player would wind up being selected by another team.

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