Re: Beerlover Pre-Combine Mock
Kidding aside the new regime in Detroit is near silent on intentions. What has been your impressions of Detroit? remember not that long ago it seemed Texans & Lions shared a parallel path, that changed when Capers/Casserly duo was replaced with Kubiak/Smith now Detroit makes the move replacing Marinelli/Millen with Mayhew/Harris/Lenehan/Schwartz.
soft.....dominated @ line of scrimmage......virtually no running game.......or pocket protection for QB flavor of the day......can't stop anyone defensively......etc. etc. etc.
Before addressing QB or doing what Atlanta did last season (taking Ryan #3 then trading up to get OT) I'm thinking reverse order. one because Stafford is not Ryan two they have their pick of OT's. this is actually ideal mock draft if your a Lion fan cause as you notice they still have a shot w/Stafford @ #15 with added protection in place. Flip a coin among the group, from one rumor to the next, from Senior Bowl to Combine they constantly change spots.
The Lions drafted Gosder Cherilus last year in the 1st to play RT & still have former 1st rd. pick LT Jeff Backus. the breakdown has been @ LG which also makes Jeff look bad, needs to be upgraded. free agent RG Stephen Peterson could also be gone. Railoa is a decent Center so if you do re-sign Peterson, filling the hole @ LG you solidify entire OL by taking Smith who makes move inside easy. that was my intention, not trying to confuse anyone but of course if he wants LT money odds are the Lions can negoiate with the next linemen on their list. I gave Smith the nod because when in the lineup Alabama was absolutely dominant the offense clicked, without him only average.