(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen pulled off a draft day stunner, stealing a high second round pick from the Cleveland Browns to move down just one position from 6th overall to 7th.
Cleveland got the player they wanted with the 6th overall pick in tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. but Detroit was able to dominate the draft from that point forward.
Detroit used the 7th overall selection to nab Texas wide receiver Roy Williams, viewed by some as the best player in the draft and by many as the best overall receiver.
Williams, 6-feet-2, 233-lbs, is a huge target and runs a blazing 4.37-40, making him one of the fastest receivers in the draft.
"I was hoping I was going to be a top five pick but Detroit was at six. Then they traded that and I was like 'man, what's going on?' But then they finally called me and assured me that I was going to be a Detroit Lion."
Millen was just getting started.
When Kevin Jones, the Virginia Tech standout, was still on the board, the Lions traded back into the first round, giving up both their second round, fourth round pick and a fifth in 2005 to nab Jones giving the team a player who can be the lead running back they've lacked since the retirement of Barry Sanders and Jones said he is the next Sanders.
"It's show time now," Jones said, smiling. "The next Barry is here."
Jones statement was reminescent of Marty Mornhinweg's "the bar is high," statement.
"I'm in shock and awe," said Jones, who is expected to fly to Detroit last night to be part of a 10:00am press conference this morning.
"I came here relaxed and then it got frustrating, seeing [fellow running backs] Steven Jackson and Chris Perry go ahead of me," said Jones who tore off his shirt after getting selected. "A lot of people may think this is arrogant, but I'm the best back in the draft. Simple as that."
The fiesty Jones also issued a challenge to incumbent Artose Pinner. "I don't know who Detroit's starter is, but I'll be the starter when I get there," he said.
Detroit used their remaining third round selection to fill a huge hole in their linebacking corps by selecting Oklahoma linebacker Teddy Lehman of Oklahoma bypassing Florida State linebacker Michael Boulware who was still available.
Lehman should immediately step in the Lions starting weakside position. An active linebacker with good range, Lehman recorded 117 tackles, six sacks and five passes defended for a high profile college program.
Lehman was also expected to fly into Detroit last night and be part of a separate afternoon press conference. He was not disappointed to go in the second round as he decribed his draft-day experience.
"It was a little stressful and a little exciting," Lehman said.
His style reminds many of former Lion Stephen Boyd, who was a standout middle linebacker for Detroit in the 90's.
Millen was happy but deflected praise of his draft day work saying it'll take three years to find out if the speedy talent he added to Detroit roster is really as good as the hype.
On first glance it is.
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