So ends the Lions draft and they really filled some holes while getting premium talent at several spots.
1st -- Mike Adams, OT, OSU; their only pick that isn't a true 'value' pick but was such a pressing need that it had to be done. Should be a starting RT almost immediately and can definitely make the transition to left.
2nd -- Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia; good, steady corner with #1 ceiling but almost certain to be a strong #2.
3rd -- Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana; great upside, attitude questions. Much more boom/bust than Minnifield but has the size, strength and ball-skills to be a very good FS if unable to play on an island.
4th -- Nigel Bradham, LB, FSU; nice rangy linebacker that should play very well in Gunther's scheme. Could even play the Mike if he continues to develop, but can contribute as a Sam as soon as next year.
5th -- Adam Gettis, C, Iowa; Nasty streak with strong pass-blocking skills. Lions offense may hide his weaknesses and Raiola could very well show him some useful tricks.
7th -- Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami; pretty likely to bust, but has all the skills in the world to succeed at this level. Probably doesn't have the attitude to excel and almost definitely came out too early, but who knows? The Lions have a year to figure out what to do with Avril and Vernon may be able to help them with that decision.
7th -- Josh LeRibeus, OG, SMU; perhaps not the highest ceiling guy out there, but can contribute quickly. Should be a nice fit in the Lions scheme.
"Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip"