|By Tony Moss, NFL Editor|
|Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below we take a look at the 2010 draft selections of the Detroit Lions, highlighting the ramifications of their two-day haul and assigning grades for their efforts.|
1 - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska (6-4, 307);
1 - Jahvid Best, RB, California (5-10, 199);
3 - Amari Spievy, CB, Iowa (5-11, 195);
4 - Jason Fox, T, Miami- Florida (6-7, 303);
7 - Willie Young, DE, North Carolina State (6-5, 251);
7 - Tim Toone, WR, Weber State (5-10, 171)
Analysis: The Lions went chalk in the first round, taking the most dominant player in the 2009 college ranks in Suh. The Lions are getting closer to Jim Schwartz's vision on defense, though it's somewhat astonishing that a team that traded Ernie Sims and let Larry Foote walk in free agency didn't land any linebacking help. That the Lions traded up to get a running back was not a surprise, but the fact that Detroit would take the fragile Best (concussions) after the fate that befell former early picks Kevin Jones and Kevin Smith was questionable. When the Lions were next on the clock, in the third round, they took the physical Spievy to add to a corner crop that needs depth badly. The fourth-rounder Fox is a converted tight end who will need some work as a blocker to get on the field in the NFL. Toone, who the Lions made "Mr. Irrelevant" with the final pick of the Draft, was a productive player at the FCS level.
Bottom Line: Lions look more like an NFL team than they did before last Thursday, but can they really justify not selecting a linebacker?