Two seasons into the Steve Mariucci era, the
Lions have made strides towards the playoffs. The team has greater talent at most positions then they have had in years past and are well within striking range of divisional foes.
For the third year in a row the Lions chose a receiver in
the first round, selecting former USC receiver Mike Williams
will team with Roy Williams
and Charles Rogers
to give Detroit one of the leagues deepest and most
talented corps of receivers. Blessed with incredible size, Williams should be a
force on third down, in the red zone, as well as short yardage situations. As
much as anything else, this pick could also signify the Lions concern for the
future health of Charles Rogers. Detroit looked to Troy again, selecting Shaun Cody
in round two. Listed as a defensive tackle,
Cody could also play end if need be and offers the team versatility.
Projected as a first round pick, Cody will be a bargain if he keeps his focus on
the field and makes football a priority. Stanford cornerback Stanley Wilson
could start off as the teams fourth cornerback yet has first team potential down the
road. Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky
big bodied pocket passer who has the arm strength and intangibles to succeed.
While he won't replace Joey Harrington
(should the team move away from the
former first round choice) Orlovsky looks like a career back-up. Oregon State defensive end Bill Swancutt
will serve as a pass rushing end for
the Lions and was excellent value. Marshall defensive end Jonathan Goddard
has the speed to succeed
at weak side linebacker, his projected NFL position.
The Lions first two selections were both impressive.
First pick Mike Williams offers the team the ability to be a dominating offense
with the potential match up problems he brings, assuming the quarterback
situation straightens itself out. Shaun Cody should excel
in the Lions rotation playing next to wide bodies Dan Wilkinson
and Shaun Rogers
. The teams other choices can't be
judged for several years yet all have the skills to produce in the NFL.
In the end it was another strong draft effort for Detroit.
OG Cory Proctor, S
, PK Ryan Killeen
, P Adam Anderson
, TE Jason Randall
, OT Tom Kaleita
Andrew Guman, WR Paris Hamilton
, FB Greg Hanoian
, OG Rory Hennessy, RB Howard Jackson
, DT Marcus Jasmin
, C Blake Lingruen
, FB Will Matthews
, QB Todd Mortensen
, OG Levi Newton
, CB Brandon Payne
, WR Steve Savoy
, DT Robbie