Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska.
Selecting for Detroit was 'soulpower.' He writes:
1. Arguably the best player in the draft
2. Fills a glaring need on defense.
The Lions have finished LAST in total defense for THREE YEARS in a row. This pick HAD to be about defense, and coach Schwartz likes to draft BPA (per a Yahoo! article I read) so he gets the best of both worlds.
It's not like the Lions aren't trying... they have been able at times to put points on the board with a rookie QB, TE and young WR, with a negligible running game. They just couldn't stop anyone.
Looking at the defense, sure they did a lot in FA do try and shore it up a bit -- and on the Internet you could find some calls for Okung here to keep Stafford upright.
But I think that is more of a learning curve than on the OL (but what do I know).
Looking at the pass rush -- a definite must have -- the Lions are trying. Look at the stats and you will see their DEs and Julian Peterson had somewhere around the 5ish sack mark despite all this. Put Suh in and some of those 5s become 7s or 10s. An instant upgrade in the pass rush improves coverage and may have made the difference in at least a couple of games last year.
My take: This is the right pick, and pretty much a no-brainer for Detroit as the Lions get the most dominant player in the draft. On the heels of selecting QB Matt Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 Detroit appears to have done exceedingly well with its top picks two years in a row.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with 'i_formation27' selecting, are on the clock in our BBV Community Mock Draft. By the way, to read previous explanations of player selections click the highlighted player name.
|1||St. Louis||Sam Bradford||QB||Oklahoma||Soldier_
|4||Washington||G Fan in England
|15||N.Y. Giants||Ed Valentine|
|22||New England||Ryan Valentine|
|23||Green Bay||Dan Luibil|