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Well at least according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. But, hey, I’ll take it. There’s isn’t much more to say about the Lions draft picks that hasn’t already been said. At this point, you either like it or you don’t. And as the days have passed since the draft ended, I’m honestly loving it. Sure, I still have some questions/concerns. But Kiper makes some excellent points.
“I didnâ€™t see anybody special there that you could argueâ€ they should have drafted in the second round, Kiper said. â€œAnd letâ€™s face it, they need a third receiver. Titus Young is a key element. They needed a back like (Mikel) Leshoure. They didnâ€™t have anybody like that.
“Jahvid Best? Youâ€™re going to count on Jahvid Best to stay healthy for 16 games as the kind of runner he is and a back thatâ€™s had some durability issues already, even going back to Cal? You need a guy like Leshoure: solid, dependable, power guy.â€
He’s right about the second round. For the most part. I would argue that CB Ras-I Dowling and Aaron Williams would have been worth it in the second round, both were selected before the Lions 44th pick. So, beyond that, Kiper is probably right. At that point, the Lions would be better off with an above average receiver in Titus Young thanÂ a sub-par cornerback.
And as far as his comments about Best. I’ve agreed with that stance since day one, which is why I had the Lions taking him in my mock draft. You absolutely need someone behind Best. Someone with speed and agility — but also size — which is what Best lacks. I said it yesterday, and I’ll say it again, LeShoure is the pick I’m most excited to see next season. Great potential growth wise and great potential to make an impact on the team quickly.
The biggest question for most Lions fans was why Fairley over Amukamara? I know that was my question, but Kiper says having two guys like Suh and Fairley on the interior is “a quarterback’s worst nightmare.” For me, I’m still not 100 percent sold on this decision. I think it’s one of those draft picks that you’ll figure out early on next season whether it was the right one. Considering the Lions woes in the secondary, Fairley is going to have to make a fairley (hahahahaha) big impact to make me believe.
â€œFairley was the reason they didnâ€™t get a corner, so at the end of the day, would you rather have Amukamara or Fairley?â€ Kiper said. â€œThatâ€™s what youâ€™ve got to ask yourself: Would you rather have the corner or Fairley? Thatâ€™s what they had to consider, and they had to go by their grade.”
Kiper gave the Lions the highest grade of the draft — an A-minus, which was tied with the Cincinnati Bengals.
â€œYou canâ€™t fill everything in one draft,â€ Kiper said. â€œYou canâ€™t have every hole filler come in via one draft. … I think they can be a playoff-caliber team next year.â€
I think that’s the other thing that’s sometimes easy to forget. You simply can’t fill every hole. My problem is, the Lions didn’t try to fill any holes. They drafted for talent and depth. I’m not saying those things aren’t important, I’m just wondering if it’s better to have three great receivers and a mediocre cornerback or whether it’s better to have two great receivers and great cornerback. Unfortunately, that’s one of those things that can’t be answered until September.
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