Five things we learned about the Detroit Lions' draft
Five things we learned from the Lions’ draft over the weekend.
1. They are disciplined and stick to the draft board. Of course, they are the ones who create the board. They won’t reach down, they’ll get a good player no matter if wide receiver isn’t a huge need. We saw this last year too when they drafted DT Nick Fairley in the first round. WR Ryan Broyles could prove to be the steal of the draft, it’s just too early to tell.
2. They like Oklahoma players. They must, they drafted three of them. It’s the first time they’ve drafted three players from the same school since 1958, according to their media guide. Schwartz said several scouts got a look at the Sooners, but not more than similar schools like Nebraska or Oklahoma State.
3. When the LIons drafted a cornerback with their third pick, Mayhew walked into the press conference and said he noticed all the media were smiling. We weren’t smiling because we cared what position they drafted, we were smiling because we wouldn’t have to write about which corners they skipped over and we wouldn’t be bombarded with Tweets about the situation.
4. Of course, character plays a role in the draft decisions. Of the three draftees that were brought in, all seemed like classy kids. Riley Reiff is a bit of an aw-shucks guy who is not used to the spotlight. Broyles was open, friendly, confident and had been on a podium previously. (Wide receivers get more press conferences in college than offensive linemen.) Chris Greenwood, the Detroiter who played at Albion, was all smiles, totally polite and you got the feeling it wasn’t just because his family was there with him. Too difficult to judge the other five who talked to the media on conference calls only.
5. We already knew the Lions had some class players on the roster, that was cemented over the weekend. First-round pick Riley Reiff met Jeff Backus, who he might one day replace. Reiff said Backus was welcoming, told him they had a good group and they’d have some fun. Also, Broyles got texts from Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson welcoming him to the receiving group. Nice moves.
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