Here’s Why the Lions Didn’t Add More Defensive Help in the Draft

Now that the 2011 NFL Draft has concluded, everybody is providing their post draft grades, as ridiculous as that is. After reading over all the draft grades I’ve found on various websites (it’s the only football related stuff to read other than lockout talk) I felt the need to address a common vibe in all the draft grades. The Lions didn’t do enough to address their needs on defense.

Despite all the complexities and variables that the NFL Draft and player evaluations offer, the answer is quite simple. There wasn’t any value at the positions people wanted the Lions to fill.

Here’s an analogy for you. You’re looking at buying a house, a big decision with financial ramifications and long term impact. Do you spend $250,000 on a house that’s listed at $200,000 just because it has a few of the qualities you’re looking for? No, you spend what the house is worth and you only buy it if it’s a perfect fit for you. Would you buy a house that doesn’t have enough bedrooms for your kids but it has that pool you’ve always wanted? No, just because the house has a quality you like you don’t ignore all the other deficiencies.

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