(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions made a dramatic move, dealing one of their second round picks, their fourth round pick and a 2005 5th round pick to move back into the first round to draft Virginia Tech runnning back Kevin Jones.
Detroit's swap with Kansas City was one of the key moves of the draft and solidified Detroit's offensive attack.
With the selection of Texas wide receiver Roy Williams. Detroit can now line up Charles Rogers, Tai Streets, Az Hakim and Roy Williams in a four-wide set with Kevin Jones in the backfield and Joey Harrington under center.
Millen and Steve Mariucci talked about their thinking as they watched Steven Jackson and then Chris Perry go off the board as their pick in the second round approached.
"We leapfrogged over a couple of teams that were in need of a running back. The kid is just sitting there and you just don't know how far he's going to fall. I think it's a case of knowing there is a good football player there and knowing that you can help your team. So you just go get it."
Mariucci talked about meeting Jones on his visit to Detroit and coming away with a good impression of him.
"Well, he's 220-plus pounds and he's been a track guy," said Mariucci. "He's added some real muscle mass lately – he plays fast. He has got deep speed; he can be physical and has been very productive; he's a durable guy; he can be an every down back. We liked him. Tom Rathman has been in his corner from day one. I know he's as excited as anybody."
"I expected to go to Detroit," Jones said, "because I had a good meeting with Coach Mariucci and everyone else. I knew I had running backs coach, Tom Rathman, on my side. So, I had a good feeling about it. It was funny that I still ended up in Detroit."
Still, Detroit might want to keep an eye on the volatile Jones who already has a contract with Reebok and a black and chrome 2004 Hummer embazoned with his number '25' on the back and is making some outlandish statements.
While he has talent, Jones might want to tone down his expectations and his words. He has already proclaimed himself the starter of Artose Pinner and Shawn Bryson and compared himself ot Lions great Barry Sanders.
I don't know who Detroit's starter is, but I'll be the starter when I get there," said Jones.
"It's show time now. The next Barry is here.
Tale of the draft: Millen Reveals Jones Deal
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