The Detroit Lions selected Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft.
Reiff was a collegiate left tackle and the Lions project him to be an eventual starter at the position. However, it is likely Reiff immediately battles for the starting job at right tackle.
Reiff, 23, was commonly projected to be selected in the top half of the draft and – when he fell to 23 - the Lions were happy to select the 6-foot-5, 313 pounder.
As the second offensive lineman off the board in the draft, the Lions received tremendous value with the selection.
Reiff is a versatile player, who would be capable of playing any of four positions on the offensive line (both tackle and guard positions). This is something that surely made him attractive to Martin Mayhew and Co., who will now have some options on an offensive line with five starters the coaching staff is comfortable with.
Reiff is a capable pass and run blocker, has great athleticism along with good strength. The biggest knock on him is his short arms.
The Lions won’t hand Reiff a starting job but there is no doubt the Lions rookie will have an opportunity to win a starting job on the offensive line.
With this selection, the Lions secured a quality player at a high-value position, where their current starter (Jeff Backus, 34) is approaching the end of his career and is coming off of a torn bicep muscle.
At immediate glance, this appears to be a solid selection by the Lions.