In the draft's first day, the Detroit Lions made their defensive line potentially the best in the entire league -- at least until Tampa Bay added defensive ends Adrian Clayborn (Iowa) and Da'Quan Bowers (Clemson).
On Saturday, the Lions attempted to do the same with their offensive skill positions by adding explosive receiver from Boise State, Titus Young, and the quick-footed and powerful Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure.
While I had other receivers rated above Young still on my board (namely, eventual Green Bay Packer second round pick Randall Cobb), Young still graded out as a second round pick and fits exactly what the Lions need. He is a dangerous receiver in the slot that has good hands and has the ability to take it the distance every time he is in space. His most immediate value will likely be on special teams, as he could quickly become one of the more apt return men in the league on both punts and kickoffs.
I have been saying since January that the value in this draft would be in the middle of the second round, so it was no surprise to me that Detroit was willing to trade up from their third round pick to take LeShoure. He was my No. 2 rated RB and No. 25 overall player on my Lions draft board, thus an outstanding value at pick 57. He will take on the role of feature back, as he is much better equipped to handle the ball between the tackles inside than Jahvid Best, who suffered from lingering foot injuries during his rookie campaign.
Best will now be able to play his more natural role of utility threat, as Linehan will line him up all over the field to create defensive mismatches.
Lions fans looking for defensive back seven players: take heart. The team has yet to enter the free agency period, where you can now expect to see them address needs at linebacker and cornerback. Mayhew and Co. have stayed true to their board, and have done an outstanding job of preparing the Lions for the future. Detroit will certainly be on everyone's short list of teams that have scored big on days one and two, alongside the likes of Washington and Tampa Bay.