Tinderbox: It Never Fails! Lawrence Jackson Trade

>> 8.19.2010

When Twitter exploded with the news that the Lions had traded a late 2011 draft pick to the Seahawks for 2008 first-round DE Lawrence Jackson, I slapped my forehead.  Of course, it never fails; I wait for the wheeling and dealing to stop so I can summarize and analyze the changes from an intelligent big-picture perspective, and the instant the post goes up the Lions pull off a trade.
“Lo-Jack,” as he’s been called since his days at USC, stands at 6’-4”, and goes 271 pounds—precisely the same stature of the man he replaced, Jason Hunter.  Jackson, as he put it, was the only guy between 260 pounds and 280 pounds on the Seahawks roster; he was a misfit there, but is prototypical here.  I’ve written several times before that this exact phenomenon—scooping up talented young players cut down for not fitting The Scheme—seems to be a specialty of Martin Mayhew’s.  Again, the Lions profit.
If you want to know what Seattle fans thought of Lo-Jack, what they think of the trade, and what his future prospects are, Phil Zaroo pointed out an excellent post by the Seahawks blog Field Gulls, “The Slow Exit of Lawrence Jackson”:

Detroit wins this trade because the Lions have bought low on a still very good, very young and very volatile talent. Detroit wins because Jackson still has much better potential than a mid- to late-round draft pick. Detroit wins because Seattle had schemed Jackson out of its defense and had to either sell low or burn a roster spot on a misfit.
Besides the gradual, inexplicable Sehawkening of the Lions’ roster, this spells doom for longtime Lions end Jared DeVries—one of only two pre-Millen Lions left on the roster.  When DeVries was re-signed, much of the money was tied to the condition that he make the final 53—a hedge against both injury and lost performance.  It looks as though that hedge was wise, as DeVries’ knee has been keeping him out of practice—and having only Turk McBride and Willie Young behind Avril and Vanden Bosch would not have inspired confidence.
I won't engrave DeVries' epitaph, not yet--but I'm polishing the granite.

6 comments:

Neil August 19, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

KVB, Avril, The Great Willie Young, Lo-Jack and The Turk. Let's do it.

Rick O'Shea,  August 20, 2010 at 1:04 AM  

I'll be sad to see DeVries go, and I think he will, because if nothing else, he brought it every game all the time. The Lions would have benefitted from more of this type of player. But time and toil takes its toll on anyone; I can attest to that. DeVries would be a good candidate for defensive assistant next year.

Clusterfox,  August 20, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

Side note LoJack is 6'4

It will be sad to DeVries go, but I agree the writing appears to be on the wall.

LoJack will probably never live up to his 1st rd status, but he'll be a great pick up for us at the 6th rd level.
Next step a deal like this to shore up our LBs.

Clusterfox

Ty August 20, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

Rick O'Shea--

Yeah, DeVries is absolutely the kind of player you want to have around; he's not just a hardworking veteran, he's a hardworking veteran *Lion*, and besides Hanson he's the only one left with any connection to the "good old days". I'd love to see him transition into coaching, a la Sam Gash.

Peace
Ty

Ty August 20, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

Clusterfox--

Gah! Thanks for catching the typo. Both Lo-Jack and Hunter are listed at 6'-4", 271. Eerie.

Peace
Ty

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