I must say that usually I disagree with this particular journalists glass half empty perspective on life/sports but, in this piece "evil" Drew Sharp brings up several solid points. By the way, this should excite those Matt Stafford fans who feel he is worthy of the #1 overall pick, as some here have already labeled the kid as the second coming of Brett Favre! (Before you jump all over me, I am just reciting comments from this forum ... I personally think expectations like that are premature but this is not about Stafford, it's about those big uglies in the trenches that will keep his uniform clean.)
This is not news to most ... our beloved Lions are dreadful up front. Mr. Kitna (and others) scrambled for their lives the past 2 years and the statistics show he was one of the most sacked QB's in NFL history ... those are the facts, look em up. Ironically enough, as the article points out, this franchise (under Millen's marvelous tutelage) drafted two 1st round tackles (Backus & Cherilus) and one 2nd round center (Raoloa) which is contrary to what most good running teams do in the trenches.
Many would argue the talent level of said drafted players
Some might say the tackle crop this year is fantastic at the top and might suggest drafting Monroe, Smith, Oher with the #1 overall pick (moving Backus to guard).
That can be debated here certainly ...
But what I am fascinated with from this article are the late round selections of offensive lineman who start for the teams that statistically, run the ball the most effectively in the NFL.
So let's discuss..
If anyone has a useful nugget/opinion on late round lineman (particularly interior) that could make a significant contribution and help out our 3 ... um "best" (well most expensive) current lineman in Backus, Raola & Cherilus please discuss it here ...