day two

>> 4.26.2009

One of the worst things about this wretched 4:00 pm start time for Day One is that there's no real layoff time before Day Two to pen breathless, pointless manifestoes.  I'll go in-depth later tonight and tomorrow, but for right now I'll just say that the Lions truly did draft for talent instead of need, and that they got the best players in the draft at three separate positions.  They didn't just go for the "grocery list" and take the best-available player in order of positional need (which is how we ended up with Jordon Dizon in the second round).  When people review this draft in three years, the Lions' players will be on other teams' "could have had" list. 

Moving along to Day Two, who's still out there?  As we remember from last year, the #1 pick on the second day is quite valuable, because the Lions have all night to review their board, review their needs, explore potential trades, etc.  Some players I think the Lions should look hard today:

* CB/KR Victor "Macho" Harris.  A physical corner with good size, good instincts, and excellent return skills.  

* WR Brandon Gibson.  A big, quick target with soft hands and excellent body control, Gibson's a low-first, high-second round talent who was trapped on a rotten Washington State team last year.  Great slot WR prospect, also has return experience.

* OG Kent Urbik.  The road-grader Jeff Backus has never had next to him.

* MLB  Robert Henson Jason Phillips, TCU.  Might make everyone forget about Little Animal.



A sharp-eyed reader also saw that Vanderbilt CB D.J. Moore is still out there, and he'd be an excellent value here in the third.

5 comments:

Anonymous,  April 26, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

Don't you mean Jason Phillips as the Middle Backer from TCU? And I agree, he would be a great pick but might be a slight reach in round 3. If we can trade back and get more picks then I think he would be great.

Another few guys to keep an eye on would be DJ Moore, CB - Vandy. Greg Isdander, G - West Virginia and Louis Vasquez, G - Texas Tech.

Overall, good draft. Unexpected and would have loved to see either the OL or MLB taken but you can't argue with the Talent. For a team that went 0-16, we need help everywhere. So it's a good start even though it's not very popular right now. But time will tell.

Ty April 26, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

Ah, whoops! I posted that in a panic before Ieft for church, remembering the player but not his name. I looked up quickly--too quickly, in fact.

I also didn't see D.J. Moore was still out there; interesting indeed. Good catch, Anon.

Peace
Ty

Anonymous,  April 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

After watching this draft unfold, I'm starting to wonder if the Lion's have more faith in Dizon in the middle than I thought.

Either that or they expect Levy to move inside. That's the only pick so far that seems to be a major reach and doesn't make much sense even from a BPA idea as OLB is probably one of the strongest positions on the team.

Anonymous,  April 26, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

Watch the first 10 seconds of this video to see our new DT.

Just crazy at 330 pounds....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OwRdbedMQ0

Neil April 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM  

I am guessing they have a plan for the middle that we just don't see yet. Otherwise . . .

Also, I find it kind of interesting that Phillips was taken by Baltimore with the first pick of the fifth round, which they got from Seattle, who got it from . . . yeah, Detroit, in the Julian Peterson/Cory Redding swap.

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