Stacking The Deck

Draft

 

 

Draft season is fun for me.  Stocks, trades, intangibles.  But with the advent of Twitter and other social media, it can be a bit too much.  Just a lil bit.  All the prognosticating, the 873 bazillion mock drafts, and the 1 mock draft that I participated in, it’s finally great to actually GET there.  Bottom line, I love the draft because you’re getting new, fresh blood on your team.   For the most part.  Unless you’re Cleveland.  But that’s another story for another day.  Or a 30 for 30 for another day.  You could do a great 30 for 30 on their old draft picks though.  “What if I told you you’re being drafted by the Cleveland Browns?”  I’ll stop now.  I’m getting side tracked.   Back to The Lions.  And Bob Quinn’s first draft. And not picking a wide receiver.

The 2016 season is going to be a pretty critical one for the Lions.  Hitting this draft is going to be a big step in signaling a new era in Lions football.  Or they could just fall flat on their face and be the loveable/hateable losers that almost get it right, but NOT quite right.  New GM, Mrs. Ford is showing to be a very involved owner, and new GM Bob Quinn has been making some good off season moves so far.  All in all, so far, so good.   Going into the draft, I thought that the needs were pretty obvious, offensive line, or defensive line, with the O line being a little bit more of a need.   Lots of injuries, and inexperience really hampered them last year, and getting Geoff Schwartz was a good move to add some experience, but there were still some concerns.  Again, it’s the run game with this team.  There’s a great group of backs there with some great talent, but they need a better line to help improve that.  And help bring balance to a now Calvin Johnson-less offense.  *le sigh*  Drafting an OLineman also helps to keep our quarterback on his feet as well.  The Lions gave up 89 sacks in the last 2 seasons.  Matthew Stafford has been getting killed out there.  It’s a good thing that he’s come away from the season mostly unscathed.  He needs protection.

Enter Taylor Decker.  Offensive tackle from THE Ohio State University. T.Decker

SN:  YES, I’m a big Michigan fan.  YES, I will cheer for Taylor.  He is a Lion now, and those rivalries are a thing of the past.  Until the 4th Saturday in November, where Mr. Decker will simply become another Friggin Buckeye.  Until the game is over and then it’s all good all over again.   Sorry, but this got discussed last night on Lions Twitter.

 

Now in the Mock Draft I participated in, I was going to pick Decker, unfortunately for me, he went to whomever picked 15.    But, nice to know that I was thinking along the same lines as Bob Quinn.  He comes to the offensive line a LT by trade, but he is versatile and could potentially move to the right side if need be.  He’s a big guy.  6-7, 320 lbs.  Yikes.  He is a leader.  He was a 2 year starter at OSU at LT.  He’s worked with Larry Warford, another Lions offensive lineman, before the draft.  The best thing is that he’s coming in ready to work.   Of course he’s going to need to work on some weak spots such as leverage, and picking up some blitz packages, but that’s something that should improve as he gets more chances.

 

So, Day 1 is in the books, and I’m glad that Taylor Decker is now a Lion.  I’m looking forward to an improved offensive line, fewer sacks, and more explosive runs.

I’m also looking forward to the next rounds.  Cause this is where, in my mind at least, your team really gets made.

 

Taken from www.detroitlions.com