- 01/29/2009, 07:06PM ET
Agrippa: said 01/29, 07:06 PM
1. Detroit Lions - Andre Smith, Alabama OT. Contrary to most draft boards I am one of the latter that believe the Lions need to go Offensive line.
Detroit is in a rebuilding process that needs to start with a solid foundation. A strong foundation starts at the lines.
Drafting QB would be a mistake considering the Lions have one of the worst O lines in the league.
This is not the environment to foster a rookie QB who will be constantly on his back.
The pass, although not great, was Detroit's strong point last year (24th). Their rush yards per game 30th (83 ypg) and 30th in sacks allowed is unacceptable.
Smith played against some of the toughest defensive players the SEC had to offer and was impressively agile and dominant in doing so
This 2008 Outland Trophy winner at 6???4???,330 lbs would be a great start to the rebuilding process in Detroit. As a Frosh started 13 games and every game the last two seasons. He is durable and has not missed one game to injury or bad play.
I believe he can hold his own with some of the top sack machines in the NFL right now.
Detroit can use some protection up front.
OT is the way to go.
Tha Fizz said 01/29, 08:18 PM
I like the choice of going after an OT over say a QB for the Lions, but I don't think there is any OT in this class worthy of being drafted first overall. The Lions will be able to pick up a quality OT later in the draft. They also have Dallas' first pick in the draft at #20.
I would go after some defense. My first pick would be Brian Orakpo, DE from the Texas Longhorns.
Orakpo had a brilliant senior campaign, finishing with 15.5 TFL and 10.5 sacks in 11 games. Orakpo is great at BOTH stopping the run AND getting to the passer.
In 2008 Orakpo won:
-Bronko Nagurski Award (best defensive player in NCAAF)
-Ted Hendricks Award (best DE in NCAAF)
-Lombardi Award (best LB or DL in NCAAF)
-Big 12 Defensive PoY
-He was also a unanimous consensus First-Team All-American
The Lions ranked 28th in the NFL against the Pass last year. They gave up 232.2 yards/game, 25 passing TDs, and only getting to the QB 30 time in 16 games.
They ranked 32nd against the rush. They gave up 172.1 yards/game, 31 rushing TDs, and 5.1 yards/attempt.
They also averaged 32.3 points against/game.
The Lions need to stop the bleeding on defense and Orakpo is the way to go.
Agrippa: said 01/29, 09:13 PM
Being an immense UT fan I like the thought of Orakpo going 1st overall, but that's not going to happen.
Most draft experts aren't even putting Brian in the top 10 over of overall prospects much less number 1. His speed has been questioned as well as his durability.
Its hard to compare apples to oranges but if I had to make a gamble on who would be a bigger difference maker Im going with Smith.
"The Lions will be able to pick up a quality OT later in the draft." - This years draft is not deep with trench players and plenty of teams are in need of line help.
Most boards have 3 OT's going in the first 10 picks. Point being there may not be alot of talent around at pick 20. They need to draft OT early.
Most experts are thinking the Lions will go OT or QB. They will more than likely go defense with the 20th pick.
2. St. Louis Rams - Michael Crabtree - The Rams have many needs but this WR is the top prospect in all of the draft and the pick would fill a dire need in St.Louis.
In 08 the Rams did not have a 1k yard receiver. Aging 32 year old Holt was the leader on the team with 796 yards and 3 TD's in one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL.
Tha Fizz said 01/29, 09:51 PM
"one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL."
The reason the Rams had one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL was because Bulger spent more time on his back than Paris Hilton at a Frat party.
The Rams gave up 45 sacks last year, 5th worst in the league.
Since the Rams only get ONE pick in the first round, unlike the Lions, they should go with an OT for their first pick in the draft. The Rams will be pick Eugene Monroe OT from Virginia.
Orlando Pace has been one of the best OTs in the league for more than a decade, but he is now in his mid-30's and injuries have really begun to take their toll. On the other side of the line, former first round pick Alex Barron continues to disappoint. The Rams need to bring in a capable replacement.
At 6'6'', 315 lbs., and a 5.25 40 time, Monroe is not as flashy as some of the other OTs in this draft. He is, however, a terrific all-around player who can be effective with both pass and run blocking. He is also a much safer long term choice than a guy like Andre Smith, because there are no concerns about his character, height, conditioning, or speed in blocking a pass rush.
Agrippa: said 01/30, 04:40 PM
"Paris Hilton at a Frat party." - Paris jokes are more played out than your latex man doll's a-nus. Stop regurgitating what you heard on top100 radio on the way to work.
"The Rams gave up 45 sacks last year, 5th worst in the league." - They also blocked for Steven Jackson who accrued over 1,000 yards last year.
The line isn't the best but you cant pass on the best overall prospect when he also fills a need.
"former first round pick Alex Barron continues to disappoint" - Which tells you it is not easy to develop quality lineman without time and great coaching.
Mike Goff , Matt Birk (Pro Bowl center), Jordan Gross are all great free agent lineman that can help make an instant impact on a line that is one or two players away from being very decent.
Rams would be better served getting a quality proven leader in a players like Goff or Birk versus passing on a game breaker to wait and develop a rookie lineman.
Crabtree has the potential to be an elite WR and you dont pass on the best player in the draft....especially WHEN HE FILLS A NEED.
Tha Fizz said 01/30, 05:53 PM
"Crabtree has the potential to be an elite WR"
And Andre Ware had the potential to be an Elite QB. Did he? NO.
You never know what you are going to get in the draft, much like when you have relations with T-Fos mom. The Rams, no matter whom they pick in the draft, are not going to make a turn around from 2-12 to become a Super Bowl contender. They should pick up a solid OT like Monroe and rebuild.
Do you know what Pace has in common with all 3 linemen that you mentioned? They, too, are all in their 30's and aging. So while picking them up might make an "instant impact", that's all it will make. They are not going to be around for a long period of time to make a long term impact, which is exactly what the Rams should be looking to do.
If Holt is an "aging 32 year old" what about 33 for an OT? Alex Barron is on the other side of the line at OT, where he has not done well, and is entering the last year of his contract. So Monroe fills a MUCH larger need than Crabtree does for the Rams.
And just because groups like Menudo, La Mafia, and Emilio Navaira do not pollute my MP3 player, unlike they do yours, does not mean I listen to Top 100 radio.
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