While the Lions selecting Ndamukong Suh with the No. 2 overall pick wasn't much of a surprise, the addition of Cal running back Jahvid Best certainly was. Detroit traded up to the 30th pick (giving up a second, fourth and seventh rounder to the Vikings in exchange for the pick, as well as Minnesota's fourth-rounder in this year's draft) to land the explosive back. The move certainly caught our Lions blog, Pride Of Detroit, off guard, but they say it was a decision made to get the best talent available at the time.
They obviously wanted to make sure they got Jahvid Best, and basically they gave up a seventh-round pick and 28 spots in the fourth-round for him. None of the teams in front of Detroit were a threat to take a running back (Minnesota has Adrian Peterson, Indianapolis has Joseph Addai and Donald Brown, New Orleans has Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, and St. Louis has Steven Jackson), but the Lions must have felt that another team was going to trade up and take him.
Oh, and about that Suh guy ... he could quickly become a part of one pretty intimidating defensive line in Detroit.
Suh, a defensive tackle from Nebraska, was the most dominant defensive player in college football in 2009 and is yet another new face that will help bolster Detroit's defensive line. He joins fellow Nebraska Cornhusker Kyle Vanden Bosch and former Cleveland Brown Corey Williams as offseason additions that will hopefully help the Lions' defensive line become one of the best in the league.