Grading The Detroit Lions Draft

<b>Analysis:</b> The Detroit Lions headed into the draft looking to improve its depth at linebacker and pass-rushing ability from the defensive end position.

Detroit Lions
1 (10) Mike Williams; WR - USC
2 (37) Shaun Cody; DT - USC
3 (72) Stanley Wilson; CB - Stanford
5 (145) Dan Orlovsky - QB - Connecticut
6 (184) Bill Swancutt; DE - Oregon State
6 (206) Jonathan Goddard; OLB - Marshall

Analysis: The Detroit Lions headed into the draft looking to improve its depth at linebacker and pass-rushing ability from the defensive end position. With offensive tackle being an area of interest, the Lions pulled the early shocker in the draft and selected wide receiver Mike Williams. A tremendous athlete, Williams immediately provides the Lions with another viable threat in the passing game and provides depth in the event oft-injured Charles Rogers struggles in 2005.

Getting defensive end/tackle Shaun Cody with the 37th selection in the draft is a steal. Cody has the ability to play inside or outside at a high level and will not be outworked. The Lions has landed a first-round talent and starting tackle or end for years to come, while filling a need at a very reasonable price.

Stanley Wilson is a solid depth-enhancing move for the Lions with the 72nd selection. Wilson has good speed, quickness, and desire, but needs work on the fundamentals. He is an average tackler and has some trouble with bigger receivers, as his thin frame can be pushed around. Wilson could develop into a fringe starting type corner with experience, but should be expected to be a nickel or dime type at the professional level.

Grade: B-


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