The Lions completed a trade with the Seattle Seahawks exchanging a 5th round pick for G Rob Sims. Sims is one of the better young guards in the league, but he doesn’t fit the Seahawks new zone-blocking scheme. This trade perfectly illustrates why having very specific schemes can make it more difficult for a team to succeed. Sims graded out as the eighth best guard in 2009 on www.profootballfocus.com, yet the Seahawks traded him away for a 5th round pick because he didn’t fit a scheme. Sims is a strong pass blocker and an above average run blocker, and best yet, he is only 26 years old.
This trade dramatically impacts the Lions’ draft strategy on the same day that the St. Louis Rams made a move that impacts theirs. The Rams cut veteran quarterback Marc Bulger today, which is a strong indication that they intend to select Sam Bradford with the first overall pick. The trade for Sims makes it very likely that the Lions will not select an offensive tackle, either Russell Okung or Trent Williams, with the second overall pick.
If the Lions did select a tackle, they would move Jeff Backus inside to left guard, however, that is not an option anymore. I think it is very unlikely that the Lions would draft a tackle and get rid of Backus, or relegate him to a backup role with the amount of money he is being paid. The only other scenario I could envision would be if the coaching staff has decided that Cherlius is not going to pan out and they move Backus to right tackle. If I were a betting man, my money would be on Suh or McCoy with the 2nd overall pick.