The pick of Andre Fluellen kept with the theme of Detroit's draft: undersized, great motor. The Lions addressed the departure of Shaun Rogers with this move (round 3, pick 87), as the team will likely shuffle and rotate a handful of its tackles beside Cory Redding. Fluellen is incredibly fleet-of-foot for a near 300-pound, 6'0 lineman, and is noticeably tough: he dealt with nagging injuries throughout 2007, but played through them.
The Seminoles have a rich history of talented defensive linemen, and Fluellen is no exception. He isn't a 'raw' talent, and because of Bobby Bowden's coaching, will be able to come into Detroit and contribute almost immediately.
Below is analysis from former league scout and Scout.com draft analyst Tom Marino ...
9. Andre Fluellen, DT, Florida State
40: 5.06v Ht: 6007v Wt: 296v Rating: 1.436
Not ideal size although flashed outstanding quicks, plays hard and gave backside effort. Combative & disruptive within the running game. Can dominate, but will also disappear. Versus the pass his main attribute was his quickness into the "A" gap & burst to the QB. Played injured for virtually the entire 07 season. When healthy this guy is far better player then he showed in 07. Senior bowl effort was impressive. Round 4 - 5.