The draft is over. Simply, here is our breakdown of Detroit's individual selections and an overall grade for this weekend.
1st Round, Pick 17 (17) Gosder Cherilus | OT | Boston College
As far as overall offensive linemen go, this was a reach. However, Cherilus is a right tackle when used properly, so that fact may have put him over the top in the eyes of the Lions. Detroit likely could have traded down further in the first round and still gotten their man, but the ultimate goal is to select the player you feel can help you the most.
2nd Round, 14 (45) Jordon Dizon | LB | Colorado
A smaller linebacker, but his speed makes up for his lack of size. A definite on special teams, but Dizon could also help to boost a core group already led by Paris Lenon and Ernie Sims.
3rd Round, 1 (64) Kevin Smith | RB | Central Florida
The Lions made it clear that by passing on Rashard Mendenhall and going for an offensive tackle in the first round, that running back was a priority in the second or third round. Division rival Chicago wound up taking Tulane's Matt Forte, who Detroit really wanted, but Kevin Smith was a workhorse at UCF and can jump in right away and be good for 8-10 carries to supplement Tatum Bell. Really nice value pick here.
3rd Round, 24 (87) Andre Fluellen | DT | Florida State
Another great pick in the third round by the Lions. The ex-Seminole is quick off the ball at the defensive tackle position and is also fairly effective in the middle. He'll be a spot player to begin with, but with the departure of Shaun Rogers, there is an opportunity to step in and shine.
3rd Round, 29 (92) Cliff Avril | DE | Purdue
The Lions add another D-line threat, this time on the outside with Avril. Very lean for a defensive end, Avril was thought to be a mid second round pick, so Detroit perhaps came away with a steal late in the third. His versatility will allow him to drop back in coverage at times, but one weakness could be getting off blocks and holding his own ground against bigger opposition.
5th Round, 1 (136) Kenneth Moore | WR | Wake Forest
Moore is a small wide out who will be used in four and five receiver sets, mainly on the insides. He was a do-it-all playmaker in the ACC, so finding him in on gadget players and reverses could also fit the bill.
5th Round, 11 (146) Jerome Felton | FB | Furman
Effective fullback. Felton won't wow you at any one skill but he is solid at the position and will be at the pro level. It's a nice pick in round five, but you have to wonder about his selection over bigger names like Arkansas' Peyton Hillis or West Virginia's Owen Schmitt.
7th Round, 9 (216) Landon Cohen | DT | Ohio
Another option on the defensive line, but Cohen, like Fluellen, is thought to be undersized for the defensive tackle position, particularly against the run. He can get into the backfield and create havoc, and having the ability to rotate guys in and out is a plus here for the Lions.
7th Round, 11 (218) Caleb Campbell | S | Army
Nice player, even better story. There doesn't seem to be a lot of doubt that he can play in the NFL, however special teams looks like the best fit for now. By being drafted into the league, Campbell -- obviously a U.S. Military product -- avoided serving time overseas. Knowing his story, I can't see a scenario where he doesn't come in and go completely balls to the wall and Wow this team with any task that is thrown his way. Gotta like this selection.
Overall grade: C+
The Lions drafted someone who they feel can start on the offensive line. That's fine, but could they have taken him further down the first round or perhaps someone more highly thought of? The biggest plus was the Lions getting a ready-to-play running back and multiple options on the defensive line to help pressure the quarterback and attempt to replace Shaun Rogers. That being said, outside of running back Kevin Smith, Detroit drafted a lot of players that didn't shock and awe on the college level, so the jury is out on this core of rookies
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