Should the Lions look for an offensive lineman on Day 2?

Posted by ttwentyman on April 26, 2013 – 12:33 am

The big boys ruled the night Thursday.

The most talent and depth of any position heading into the draft was along the offensive line. That fact was cemented early Thursday when six of the first 11 picks were offensive linemen.

This is the first time in NFL Draft history that four offensive lineman have been taken within the first seven picks.

With the draft devoid of high-end skill players who can change a franchise, the big men ruled the day as the safest picks in the draft.

Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson – the consensus top three tackles available – went No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 overall, respectively.

Fisher was taken first overall, becoming the fourth offensive lineman drafted first overall, joining Ron Yary (1968), Orlando Pace (1997) and Jake Long (2008).

Wide receiver Tavon Austin was the first skill player taken with the eighth pick overall by the Rams. It’s the latest that the first “skill” player has gone off the board since 1991 when former Detroit Lions Herman Moore was selected 10th overall.

One of those top three tackles would have certainly been in the mix for the Lions had they fallen to No. 5. Instead, the Lions chose to select athletic defense end Ziggy Ansah at another position of need.

“We have a long way to go,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said when asked after the Ansah pick if he’s content with the offensive line. “We drafted Riley Reiff last year. We have a lot of confidence in Riley. Riley played a game for us, started a game for us last year and did a good job there. He looks better this year than he did last year.

“You know, we have other young players across the front line and we still got a lot of Draft to go.”

Currently, just eight players make up the Lions’ offensive line.

In all, nine offensive lineman were drafted in the first 32 picks (five tackles, three guards and a center).

Only one quarterback (EJ Manuel) was taken in the first round and no running back was taken in the first round for the first time since 1963.

It’s easy to see where the value is lining up in this draft and the Lions could in the mix to pick up an offensive lineman of their own in the second or third rounds on Friday.

A couple names to consider at tackle would be Menelik Watson (Florida State) and Terron Armstead (Arkansas –Pine Bluff).

A number of good guard and center prospects remain on the board in Larry Warford (Kentucky), Brian Winters (Kent State), Brian Schwenke (California) and Barrett Jones (Alabama).


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15 Responses to “Should the Lions look for an offensive lineman on Day 2?”

  1. By Jon on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    No, if Jonathan Banks from Miss State is there. Take him and RUN!

  2. By Oldcat on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    As many offensive linemen already taken in the first round, it’s hard to imagine there’s still any genuine starters remaining. And the Lions seriously need at least two more solid starter-talent players out of this draft. Any less than three upgraded starters from this draft would be a failure. And I’m worried its not going to happen. The Lions don’t need project/development players out of rounds two and three.

  3. By Aaron on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    What about taking Cyprien if he’s available at 36? Could he potentially play corner? I know we resigned Delmas and got glover quin in free agency, but I like what I see with Cyprien.

  4. By Wajiboy on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    You guys are going to lose your fucking jobs because you did not draft Warmack in the intial round. How stupid your are our qb is going get sacked and your going look for another postion. YOU HAVE NO OFFENSIVE LINE AND YOIU JUST DOTN GET IT WHAT A BUNCH OF FUCKIN IDIIOTS. LOOK FOR ME TO JUMP ON THE FIELD ONE DAY AT A LIONS GAME IN FULL UNIFORM. MAYBE MATT WILL THROW THE BALL TO ME AND THEN ME BACK TO THE COPS THAT RUN OUT. IM SO SICK OF THESE LOSER MANAGMENT WE HAVE. YOU BETTER GET BRANDON ALBERT AND GIVE HIM SOME MONEY NOW. AND ONE OTHER TIP DRAFT B JONES FROM ALAMABA OR SOMETHING THEY HAD THE BEST LINE IN COLLEGE SO DO SOMETHING WITH THAT OK.

  5. By LaRoice Turner on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I would love to see the Lions either go OL or CB (Honey Badger) with the second and third pick. They will need to trade up for one of these guys, but it would be worth it to have at least three impact guys. Get TE from MSU in the fifth, Denard Robinson for Special Teams and RB, then a kicker and they are good to go for the season.

  6. By LaRoice Turner on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Correction, the Lions will need to trade up to get two second round players OL and CB.

  7. By jack ostrander on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Get the faster and tallest receiver available in round 2… play across CJ
    Round 3 Fredricks Center from Wisconsin can start day one…. let riolia go.
    Found 4 best quard available.
    Round 5 best safety available.
    round 6 punter.
    round 7 tackle.
    round 7 who is left….

  8. By Jim Slaga on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Frederick was already selected by Dallas on pick 31. I think Hunter the WR from Tennessee may be the next target. They really have no other option but to draft a WR again, or Calvin will get triple coverage.

  9. By bill on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    2)Justin Hunter Fredricks is a cowboy I believe I do know he’s gone
    3)Watson/Armstead
    4)honey badger
    5) C Brian Schwinke
    6~7 more beef

  10. By Big T on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Keep your pants on Wajiboy. No one lineman is going make anyone lose their jobs. Using cuss words and typing in capital letter is just plain rude. Nobody is going to read that stuff. So shut the fuck up already. Ansah was a solid pick that filled a need.

  11. By Zach on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Nooooo. All the good ones are gone. Alex Okafor or Jonathan Cyprien in the second. Both could’ve been first rounders

  12. By rockbo1955 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    we needl wr ol x2 cb rb lb, we do not need a kicker we have two and second one could kicker and punter in one! kickolis 1

  13. By Aaron on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Why does everyone think that they know better than the management that works with the team everyday, there’s so many people that are whining like if it’s not the pick they wanted than we suck, and Mayhew deserves to be fired? Smh

  14. By Richard Alan Heyman on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I was disapointed that the Lions were unable to get Fisher, but there is an extremely talented ILB who would provide much needed Leadership and strength to the Defense for the next 10 years. Mantei Teo had 7 SEVEN interceptions and over 100 tackles last year for Notre Dame. Once thought to go mid-First Round, he is the middle LB the Lions have NOT had since Chris Spielman, and most other teams do. TAKE Mantei Teo in the second, and Schwenke or one of the Centers or top Guards in the Third. I’d also trade 7th rounders and 6 rounders to get another 4rth rounder.

  15. By Josh on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    While is Ziggy Ansah is an explosive player i would have preferred a more safe choice. I wished they could’ve swapped with either the Jets or Chargers, Jets so that they could’ve picked Tavon Austin and gotten a 2nd or 3rd rounder for it. I was hoping if that scenario had worked out the Lions would’ve snagged Jonathan Cooper over Warmack because he is a bit speedier and mobile which fits the Lions offensive scheme. That would’ve secured the oline with Reiff at LT. Then in the second they could’ve gotten Tank Carradine before SF. In the third a TE or Wr and we’d have been better off.

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