Friday, May 09, 2014

My thoughts on the Lions selecting Travis Swanson in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft

I didn't like this pick at all. Nothing against Travis Swanson, and center is an underrated spot in the NFL because so many pressures come from inside these days, but it is a pick for the future. Dominic Raiola is going to be the Lions' center this year.
The Lions must win now. They have more needs in the secondary. Keith McGill from Utah and Philip Gaines from Rice, both cornerbacks, would have fit better here. So would have safety Terrence Brooks from Florida State, who went a couple picks later to Baltimore.This is where the criticism of the Lions' undervaluing the defensive side of the ball becomes valid.

My column. Lions continue to send mixed messages in NFL Draft: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140509/detroit-lions-continue-to-send-mixed-messages-in-nfl-draft-pat-caputo-writes

5 Comments:

Blogger Barry said...

I agree Pat, TS is more like a 4th round pick. Keith M was my pick in the third.

10:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lions must win now? Surely you jest. With the cast of characters they have, they'll go somewhere between 7-9 and 10-6. Maybe a playoff game, but nowhere near close to Super Bowl caliber. All the rest is just kool-aid. Who's kidding who?

1:43 AM 
Blogger Chris said...

McGill is still available, so maybe he is not as valued as you think. Swanson, while you may not like picking a center at that spot, is smart (crucial for a center) and a relentless worker.

6:55 AM 
Blogger John Michoski said...

The Lions seem to be saying to the fans and the writers, "you are not going to tell me who or what to pick. I show you I will can pick anyone". Maybe, some reverse psychology would work next year. Tell them they need to pick another punter or offensive lineman and maybe they will pick a defensive back just to spite us. LOL

1:31 PM 
Blogger Michael said...

What a complete mess this draft has been for the Lions. So far only Van Noy is the only decent player so far....all the hype and absolutely no real help on D. Same ol crappy Lions....

3:10 PM 

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