Since whatever shreds of hope I was hanging onto were ruthlessly evicerated this weekend, I've discovered what gets Lions fans through November: Thinking about the draft.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we’re the Lions – I think we’re closer to the San Antonio Spurs season when they were decimated by injury and won the chance to draft Tim Duncan. So my question is simple; who is our Tim Duncan?
Obviously, we can’t know where we’ll draft (I’m guessing top ten) or what Ruskell sees as our main needs. I know everyone here would like to see B Russ replaced, but is Taylor Mays that guy? Is he really a top ten talent, or is that a reach? What about WR? Can we count on Branch for a full season? Even so, Engram will be another year older (and may still have some hard feelings over his contract), so I don’t think we can count on production there…
After looking at some mock drafts and consolidating their findings, here are a few guys I think might be good fits for blue & green next year:
- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech (I’ve only seen him in one game, but he was AWESOME)
- Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
- William Moore, FS, Missouri (6'1" 225, and around 4.4/4.5 speed)
- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois (I only include him because a few mocks think the Seahawks will go CB; personally, I can’t see it – I think if the best player on the board is a CB they trade down)
- Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC (if Leroy Hill walks, we’ve had pretty ok luck with USC linebackers lately)
I’m sure I’m missing somebody’s favorite in here – Maybe another OL bruiser? Walt won’t be here forever…