Lions fans everywhere were stunned last night when the franchise continued down the path of building a real football team. After year (some might say decades) of wasted high draft picks, the Lions put the rest of the NFL on notice that they would no longer tolerate running backs amassing 200+ yards in the first half. With the pick of Auburn’s Nick Fairley the team should put one of the best D-Lines in the NFL on the field for the 2011 season.
Every year fans try to predict how the Lions will screw-up their draft, assuming that the team will pick yet another dysfunctional wide receiver or too small linebacker, but with Matt Millan’s reign of terror ended breaking decades of futility is hard to accept.
When fan Steve from Monroe, MI learned of the pick his reaction was of confusion, “At first I thought they drafted Chris Farley, you know the dead comedian, which would make a lot of sense, but then I realized that they actually picked a football player. You one who isn’t dead, looks sort of mean, and actually plays on the line of scrimmage.”
Kevin, a fantasy football expert predicted that the pick will generate some interest in fantasy drafts, “Normally the Lions defense is only selected as a joke for people who show up late to the draft, but this year I may actually have to learn how to spell Detroit os I can log an actual selection.”
NFL Network and ESPN analysts all rated the draft pick an A+, tied with 31 other NFL teams for the highest grade available. This is a dramatic change from the drafts of the past where the best the Lions could score was a B due to drafting wide receivers with every pick.
Fans are still taking a wait and see attitude with the rest of the draft, hoping the team will fill the glaring needs on the Offensive Line and Cornerback. The recently completed fan draft has the Lions projected to take a punter in the second round, reaching in the third round to take one of those kids who runs on the field to remove the kickoff tee, and wrapping up with a new waterboy.