Detroit's made some significant steps forward this offseason in terms of upgrading its roster. Still, this is a team just one season removed from the NFL's first and only 0-16 record, so the road ahead remains long and trying.
One option at No. 2 overall that the Lions will definitely explore is a trade down, should it be available. But Washington's trade for Donovan McNabb hurt the QB market, eliminating one team in desperate need. With Sam Bradford off the board at No. 1 to St. Louis, Detroit will try to drum up some interest in Jimmy Clausen. Should that fail, though, the Lions will stare straight at a draft board with a number of potential.
Their choice -- and yours -- will be figuring out which one best speeds along the rebuilding process.
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Eric Berry, S, Tennessee - Should the Lions decide to stir things up, this would be the pick. Detroit's major needs lie on the offensive and defensive lines, but putting Berry next to 2009 draft find Louis Delmas at the safety positions would give the Lions a 1-2 combo there that would be fast, young, talented and the envy of most teams in the league. Can Detroit afford to take that leap, though?
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma - More than likely, Detroit's draft-day decision will come down to which defensive tackle to select: McCoy or Ndamukong Suh. When the college football season ended, Suh seemed to be the obvious choice, but McCoy's name continues to surface. Make no mistake about it, he is an elite DT, one with the capability to be a pass-rushing menace. For Detroit's sake, too, he's more suited to a 4-3 defense, which the Lions currently employ.
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State - It's really just common sense: Detroit took a franchise quarterback (Matthew Stafford) in 2009, so it needs to protect him with a franchise left tackle. Stafford took more than his fair share of bumps and bruises last season, and while Detroit's worked to upgrade its line, there are still issues. Most notably, Jeff Backus' continued presence at left tackle. He's a veteran that doesn't miss many games -- but he does miss his fair share of blocks. Detroit could use an upgrade.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska - Suh could be one of those once-in-a-generation type defensive players that completely upgrades an entire team by himself. If nothing else, his collegiate efforts at Nebraska proved that he's one of the best DTs to come along in some time. Detroit hasn't had a force up the middle defensively since trading Shaun Rogers away. Suh could be that guy, but the history of teams taking DTs this high in the draft doesn't paint a pretty picture.
The current draft board:
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