The Lions were once again big movers in the draft, trading back and forth positioning themselves to get the players they wanted. Now, before the dust has a chance to settle and actual skill or talented assessment clouds the issue, let's give out some draft grades.
1) 1st round, 23 overall - Riley Reiff - OT Iowa : One of the best offensive lineman in the draft, expected by most to be a top 15 pick. When he dropped to 23, the Lions had to move. Old and shrewd with decades of experience is a great asset if it refers to your coaching staff. But when it is used to describe your offensive line, you have problems. The Lions have the oldest offensive line in the league and they needed to make upgrades. Reiff is strong pass blocker and a quality run blocker. He will make for an instant upgrade to the offensive line. And he can learn from Jeff Backus making for a seemless transition into the left tackle position.
2) 2nd round, 54 overall - Ryan Broyles - WR Oklahoma : ...