Big Man Is a Smaller Risk: Jason Smith No. 1 to the Detroit Lions


Published: March 17, 2009


... is in full swing and the most fun part of the NFL offseason is coming up: the NFL Draft, Apr. 25-26. The reason why the draft is such fun, you ask? Simple: every team is important.

Yes, even the 0-16 Lions, because they control their own destiny at the top of the draft (the fact that they had to lose 16 games to get that pick and will again fade to nothingness is beside the point, right now they're important).

Now, without further ado, my mock draft, with a couple of projected trades along the way.


1. Detroit Lions: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

This Smith is the complete package at OT. He doesn't quite have the feet of a Eugene Monroe, but has all the other measurables, upper body strength chief among them, and also has the leg drive to finish blocks. Plug him in at left tackle from day one, and leave him there for the next 10 years.

The new front office in Detroit CANNOT afford to miss on this pick, and so they'll be obl...

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