I normally don’t like sniping at other people’s opinions, but now that we’re in the thick of draft season everybody has an opinion and many are overlooking a simple fact, the Lions are building a team for the long term, not short term gratification.
Tim Twentyman of The Detroit News wrote an article today urging caution when it comes to drafting an offensive tackle in the first round. I agree with a lot of what he says in the beginning of the article as far as there are no sure things at offensive tackle in this draft.
As I got further in the article I found a few points that I totally disagree with.
- “A lot of these tackle prospects are projected as right tackles, anyway.” There are five tackles that are graded with definite first round grades; Tyron Smith, Anthony Costanzo, Nate Solder, Gabe Carimi and Derek Sherrod. Of those five only one, Carimi has major question marks on the ability to be a left tackle. Smith primarily played right tackle in college, but he is the most athletic tackle prospect int he draft and very few scouts doubt his ability to play on the left in the NFL. If Twentyman means they will project as a right tackle on the Lions, I agree with that statement, but only for one year. Any tackle the Lions take will eventually take over for Backus no matter where they play this year.
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