DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Walter Football’s report on Suh
Michael Lombardi recently speculated that this pick will be Russell Okung if the Lions trade for Albert Haynesworth. I definitely agree with that, but I think it should be Okung regardless. In fact, here are 10 Reasons Why the Lions Must Draft Russell Okung.
However, a mock draft is based on what teams will do; not what they should do. Before last Monday, I thought Detroit was 50-50 between Okung and Ndamukong Suh, but in the wake of the Rob Sims (guard from Seattle) trade, this pick will likely, and unfortunately (for Lions fans) be spent on Suh.
Assuming the Lions select Suh, their greatest problem will remain; Jeff Backus is a good run-blocker, but he’s a sub-par pass-protector and he has shown that he can’t keep elite right defensive ends from penetrating into the backfield and plowing Matthew Stafford into the turf. If you don’t believe me, wait until the NFL Network re-airs the Green Bay-Detroit Thanksgiving game, and watch Clay Matthews run circles around Backus.
If the Lions want Stafford to bust because of poor pass protection, that’s their decision. Hopefully this pick doesn’t come back to haunt them.