Kirwan: Lions should invest in an OT

Even though the Lions have the fewest picks in the draft after losing their seventh round selection as punishment for tampering with the Chiefs, NFL.com expert analyst Pat Kirwan took the time to make one Motor City fan’s day during his weekly chat when he dreamed up the perfect draft scenario for Detroit’s limited picks.

“It would include resolving the following positions: CB, LT, OLB, S, RB,” said Kirwan of the Lions’ needs.

Kirwan then broke down how to go about filling those needs with some names to consider:

  • Nate Solder, 10-year starter at LT for pick 13
  • Come back and get CB Aaron Williams of Texas at pick 44
  • At pick 75, Bruce Carter, LB from North Carolina who’s a terrific player coming off a knee injury
  • At pick 106, grab a safety like Jaiquawn Jarrett from Temple
  • Finish up at 151 with a RB like Roy Helu from Nebraska

But the good news for Lions fans is that actually landing the above list might not be that far-fetched.

“That’s not a full-blown dream,” said Kirwin. “They might be realistic targets.”

Kirwan also took the time to address a different fan’s concern that their 2009 No. 1 pick, QB Matthew Stafford, might just be a “China Doll,” to which Kirwan disagreed.

“Go see the history of Phil Simms,” said Kirwan. “He had plenty of injuries early in his career and people thought he was too injury prone. That’s not how it played out for him.”

Kirwan went on to say that instead of concentrating on drafting a different QB, they should focus their efforts on investing in an offensive lineman to protect him.

Jeff Backus played OK last year, but an investment in an OT who can start 10 years is the right thing to do,” said Kirwan.

For the complete chat, click here.

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