2011 NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions Continue To Head in the Right Direction

Seattle Lion FanAnalyst IIMay 17, 2011

Fairly will have the Lions aiming high this year.
Fairly will have the Lions aiming high this year.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Try as I can, it just seems I can't stay away.

I'm not sure how many articles I'll be writing in the future...the changes that have occurred over the last year on Bleacher Report still leave a bad taste in my mouth.

I tried to write in other blogs, some that were strictly dedicated to the Detroit Lions.  And what I have found is that, while I may be disillusioned with the direction that B/R is going, I just can't find any better or knowledgeable Detroit Lions fans.

Add to that, the Lions community here is chock-full of some of the best people that I have ever been associated with.

So on to our Detroit Lions.


There have been a lot of articles written regarding just how good the Lions fared in the draft.  While personally the draft didn't go the way I thought it should have gone, I certainly can't be all that disappointed with the players taken.

Nick Fairley will only make an already-potent and dangerous defensive line even better.

Titus Young may finally be the answer at the third wide receiver position to allow reduced double coverage of Calvin Johnson.  You just have to love that Young is taking part in the player workouts...and that he's working well with Matt Stafford.


Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best?  The Lions version of thunder and lightning is going to be awesome to watch.  And for those folks, who insist any team wanting to succeed needs to have a 1,000-yard rusher, I can see these guys combining for nearly 1,800 yards and turning what was once a weak spot into a strength.

As for LB Douglas Hogue and OT Johnny Culbreath, while they may not be studs, they are solid picks to have been taken in the later rounds.

Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz have a plan and they are sticking with it.  But they remained flexible, didn't panic when what we can only think may have been their original choices weren't available.

Instead, strengths were made stronger.

Suh, Fairley, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams with backups Cliff Avril, Turk McBride and Willie Young will not give offenses a break.  The attack will be relentless.

Instead of taking a gamble on a late-round WR, taking Young gives the Lions additional weapons for Stafford to take advantage of.


No one can state the Lions will be a lock for the playoffs this year.  But there is no denying that they are in the best possible position to do so.

Yeah, I can hear all the doubts about our secondary and the linebackers.  But show me one team that doesn't have at least one weakness.  And no team is immune to the injury bug or just plain bad luck.

This is going to be a great year regardless of the outcome because the Lions are heading in the right direction.