Lions will likely draft DT, but will it be at No. 2
With the NFL draft creeping up on us — it’s only four weeks away — the question remains whether the Lions will draft a defensive tackle with their second overall pick.
If St. Louis takes quarterback Sam Bradford with the first pick, the Lions will have their choice of Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.
That is, if the Lions keep the second pick. Trading down is an option but only if they can find another team willing to move up to No. 2. It’s a conundrum because the Lions (and most teams) want to take the best player on the board with their pick, but they don’t necessarily want to pay No. 2 money to a defensive tackle. Can’t imagine many teams wanting to move up to No. 2 for a defensive tackle, but who knows.
Both Suh and McCoy are about 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds. The Lions think either one would fit into their system. But if they don’t get either one, they can still pick up defensive line help with later picks. It’s a deep pool.
“It’s the best defensive line draft I’ve ever seen. I’ve been in it 30 years and been through some really good players,’’ Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. “... This group is amazing, I’ve never seen over 60 guys work out on the D-line (at the combine) and all of them look pretty good.’’
So there you go. It’s highly likely the Lions will draft defensive line help. We just don’t know if it will come with the second overall pick.