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4/28/2007 01:54:00 PM

Lions sticking with Johnson

I love Calvin Johnson. I think he's going to be an All-Pro. I just don't think he's going to help the Lions win games.

SI.com's Peter King reported the Lions will hold on to Johnson since no team could get close on a trade offer.

I'm sure offensive coordinator Mike Martz sold Matt Millen and the Lions management team on the idea of using Johnson all over the field. But I have a few problems:

1. Receivers taken in the top three picks usually don't help teams win.
2. Jon Kitna is the quarterback. He threw 21 touchdowns and 22 interceptions last year.
3. Martz' offenses in St. Louis featured great receivers, but they were dangerous because defenses couldn't totally focus on them. The Rams threw all sorts of weapons at defenses and they had a great line. Detroit doesn't have that talent around Johnson.
4. The Lions' biggest problem is clearly defense. They ranked 28th in the NFL last year and have no reason to believe they're going to get much better.
I think Millen was thinking short term with this pick. He needs to win fast and he'll have a chance with a relatively light schedule. But in the long run, I can't see Detroit reaching the playoffs any time soon.

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Posted: 2:15 PM   by Anonymous
The Lions scewed up. They should have taken Joe Thomas. Their offensive line is weak. But, hey, the Lions and Matt Millen can be expected to supply Detroit fans with more comedy for years to come!!
Posted: 2:17 PM   by William
I'm not going to disagree with you that the Lions had bigger holes, but this was a good pick. Johnson was without a doubt the best player available at that position.

The Lions now have Johnson, Roy Williams, Mike Furrey (who if you remember had a pretty good year last year), Tatum Bell, and Kevin Jones (when he returns). That sounds like a lot of weapons to me, and they should be able to resemble the Rams on offense from the SuperBowl days, if the Oline can get it together.

There was no defensive player worth the #2 pick. This was the right choice.
Posted: 2:28 PM   by Anonymous
You people need to get off this WR issue you have. How many QB's did the Bengals draft in the top of the first round before they landed Palmer? You take the best player when all others are not even worthy of the 2nd overall pick. This draft is weak, you get the best player on 32 teams draft boards, end of story.
Posted: 12:28 PM   by Anonymous
WOW I don't get this. Yeah the Lions have a ton of holes to fill, yeah they picked another WR. SO WHAT!

Does someone KNOW exactly what they have been offered and was it really good enough for THE BEST PLAYER in the draft? He might be better then all the current receivers combined. Even if they some combined offer do you expect the Lions let alone other teams to pick several stars out of this draft to fill the defense?

The draft is not even over and you don't know what defensive help they will get still. Granted they are bad and need work to get better but they were in many games before losing them.
Posted: 12:37 PM   by Anonymous
have you read the lions' schedule? they will not be getting quick wins against teams like Chicago (twice), Philly, Denver, San Diego, Dallas, Giants, KC, Vikings twice. Calvin Johnson is a great talent, but a receiver is not what the Lions need to compete.
Posted: 12:40 PM   by Anonymous
Johnson was a safe choice at #2. If Tampa had pulled the trigger and dealt for the #2 Spot then the lions would of made out like bandits and got some other good prospects via the trade with Tampa or even Atlanta who wanted to move into that spot for the same reason to get Johnson. However since no team pulled the trigger and no Defensive player available that warranted #2 money they picked the best player who was Johnson, what worries me is his readiness to be in Detroit.....who would if they were coming to a team with such futility, nut all it takes is a torrid offense to make the defense better, the O line just needs to hold for Kitna or STANTON to get enough time to get the ball to either Roy or Calvin or check down to Furrey or who plays tailback. It was a safe draft for the Lions anda it seems that Millen is finally listening to others who have the balls to say hey we have to take this guy and not look for excuses not to take the best player....look what happened with Ernie Simms, everyone was worried about his longevity and he has proven that he can deliver that hit and keep going now the Lions just have to finish this draft off strong and get at least one young o line player that can be developed and sure up that gaping hole and protect who ever is QBing for them
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