Highly-rated guard falls to Lions in fourth

Highly-rated guard falls to Lions in fourth

Considered the third best guard in the draft according to Scout.com draft expert Tony Pauline, Detroit was able to fortify the offensive line a bit with their pick of Texas Tech lineman Manuel Ramirez at 117 overall.

Considered the third best guard in the draft according to Scout.com draft expert Tony Pauline, Detroit was able to fortify the offensive line a bit with their pick of Texas Tech lineman Manuel Ramirez at 117 overall.

Ramirez was the first offensive lineman picked by the Lions, who labeled both guard and tackle as positions of need entering the draft. Ramirez's availability, however, might make up for the team's belated movement.

A 6'3, 326-pound mass, Pauline assessed Ramirez as a player "possessing outstanding size, (he) offers the strength and attitude to play at the next level.

"He needs to improve his flexibility and learn to consistently get leverage on opponents, yet offers starting potential.

While veteran Damien Woody has the right guard slot locked up, the Lions will put the opposite side up for competition. Veteran Barry Stokes might have a leg up in terms of experience, but Ramirez's size and strength could turn the position into an interesting race nonetheless.

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