SB Nation Writers Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick #33


No. 33

DETROIT
LIONS

Pick by Pride of Detroit

Duke Robinson
Guard

Oklahoma

Up, yet again, is Sean Yuille, Pride of Detroit manager and all-around good guy.

After upgrading the defense with the Lions' first two picks, I decided to start rebuilding the offensive line with their second-round selection. I considered taking a left tackle, which would likely result in Jeff Backus switching positions, but I instead decided to draft a guard. Right now the Lions don't have a starting left guard, and I just couldn't pass on Oklahoma's Duke Robinson. He is the top guard in the draft and probably could start from day one with the Lions. Since Jim Schwartz's attitude is to stop the run and run the ball, the Lions need a solid offensive line. Robinson immediately upgrades it and allows Backus to stay at left tackle.

Aside from the o-line, I also considered selecting a cornerback with this pick. That would have meant that all three of the Lions' first day picks were spent on defense. The secondary could use a fresh new face, but I think the Lions can get by with their offseason acquisitions of Anthony Henry and Phillip Buchanon. I did not, however, think it was feasible to leave a position like left guard without a starter, which is why I picked Robinson.

MTD thoughts: Quick, someone hire Sean Yuille as the general manager of the Lions. Few may be happy with the selection of an interior lineman, but it's a good pick. It fills a sizable hole with clearly the best player at his position in the draft. A cornerback can be found later in the draft.

Mocking the Draft's Top Five Remaining Prospects - DE Michael Johnson, WR Percy Harvin, OT Phil Loadholt, OT Eben Britton, TE Brandon Pettigrew

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