Lions spend final three selections on offense

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Generally, seventh-round draft choices don't find their way to an NFL roster until they have bounced between practice squads.

The three players Detroit garnered in the final round of the NFL draft could prove to be an exception to the rule.

With their first pick in the seventh, the Lions added BYU running back Luke Staley. Although scouts were scared off by ligament damage in his ankle and a fractured left fibula, Staley's production in 2001 was nothing short of awesome.

BYU held an 11-0 record until Staley's injury, who led the nation in touchdowns despite missing the final two games, and also claimed the Doak Walker award as the top running back in the country. What makes the pick so intriguing is Staley's involvement in the BYU offense, which shares several similarities to the West Coast offense run by Detroit.

Staley, 6-1, 227 pounds, also has extremely soft hands, making him an excellent target out of the backfield with moderate speed (4.55 40).

Detroit added its second tight end with their second pick in round seven, picking up Maryland's Matt Murphy. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound New Haven, Michigan native missed six games due to injury last year, catching a total of 12 passes for 137 yards.

The last pick on the Lions draft board was another interesting prospect, Colorado offensive tackle Victor Rogers.

Rogers had seven surgeries between 1998 and 1999, yet most scouts projected him as a second-to-fourth round selection. The 6'5, 330-pound mammoth offensive lineman isn't known for his intensity, but is well-disciplined. Rogers, on route to All-Big 12 honors, started every game in 2001, committing no penalties -- almost unheard of for an offensive tackle.


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