Lions Spurn Trade Offers, Take Sims At No. 9

The Detroit Lions ended up with a defensive player at the No. 9 overall pick during Saturday's National Football League draft, just not the player everyone expect them to take.

ALLEN PARK - The Detroit Lions ended up with a defensive player at the No. 9 overall pick during Saturday's National Football League draft, just not the player everyone expect them to take.

Detroit selected Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims, a physical outside linebacker but with a history of concussions.

Sims, a former Scout.com High School Player of the Year, had been rumored to be on Detroit's radar screen. However, with more compelling "mock" picks ahead of Sims -- such as Ohio State LB A.J. Hawk and Texas safety Michael Huff -- he was able to slide under most analysts radar.

After Green Bay gobbled up Hawk at No. 5, and Oakland followed up by snaring Huff at the No. 7 selection, Detroit spurned an opportunity to trade out of its position -- a valuable pick considering the availabilitiy of USC QB Matt Leinart still on the board -- and grabbed Sims.

Sims was considered the second best linebacker available behind Hawk in a linebacker-rich draft.

According to Scout.com's expert draft analysts, Sims is a "complete player who does well in all facets of the game and plays bigger than his listed size. Can be fooled and take false steps, and needs to play better with his back to the ball."

He is expected to fit well in the new Cover 2 scheme implemented by head coach Rod Marinelli and orchestrated by defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson. Sims has drawn comparison's to Tampa Bay standout Derrick Brooks

He could play the outside opposite linebacker Teddy Lehman, where former second round pick Boss Bailey -- once healthy -- will roam the middle.


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