Reviewing the draft: Detroit Lions

Reviewing the draft: Detroit Lions

A franchise in transition, the Detroit Lions hoped to draft players in April that will be consistent producers come September. So far so good as it was another succesful draft for the Lions; on paper anyway.

Detroit Lions

A franchise with a new head coach, the Lions hoped to put together a draft that not only looks good on paper in April but also lives up to potential come September. Ernie Sims is a perfect fit for Rod Marinelli's defensive scheme. An explosive linebacker, there are injury concerns surrounding the eight concussions Sims suffered in the past yet he offers the physical skills to make an impact as a rookie in a simplified system. Daniel Bullocks was good value with the 40th pick. A prospect on the rise, he could break into the starting line-up as a rookie. While he may never be a consistent starter Brian Calhoun was exceptional value in round three. If used correctly he will be very productive at the next level. The later round picks are developmental projects. Jonathan Scott could be a player at the next level if he gives consistent effort; but that's a big "if". Final choice Anthony Cannon is an underrated linebacker we expect to stand out on special teams.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

9

Ernie Sims

OLB

Florida State

2

40

Daniel Bullocks

SS

Nebraska

3

74

Brian Calhoun

RB

Wisconsin

5

141

Jonathan Scott

OT

Texas

6

179

Alton McCann

CB

West Virginia

7

217

Fred Matua

G

USC

7

247

Anthony Cannon

OLB

Tulane

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