Recent history won't influence Lions' pick
If the Lions don't receive the right trade offer, Calvin Johnson likely will be their choice at No. 2, writes Todd McShay.
- Assuming QB JaMarcus Russell is the top overall pick by the Raiders, the most dramatic 15 minutes of the 2007 draft will occur when Detroit goes on the clock with pick No. 2.
The most recent information I'm getting is the Lions have basically boiled it down to two options. Their top priority is to trade out of the second pick, acquire additional selections and select the best available prospect (ideally Clemson DE Gaines Adams) with their new pick later in the first round.
If they can't strike a reasonable deal, Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson becomes the choice. He is the top overall prospect on their value board, the Lions are prepared to deal with the criticism that likely would come with selecting Johnson, since they have drafted three first-round wide receivers in the past four drafts. It's a tough pill to swallow, but GM Matt Millen would be making the right choice.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE NFL HEADLINES
- Reports: Saints to release Sproles if no trade
- Judge says Sharper can't be held indefinitely
- Source: Vikings to re-sign Cassel for 2 years
- Saints release veteran receiver Moore
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
2007 NFL DRAFTFrom Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay to Len Pasquarelli and John Clayton, ESPN.com has the 2007 NFL draft covered.
• Matt Mosley blog (Sun.)
• Matt Mosley blog (Sat.)
• Matt Mosley blog (Fri.)
• McShay: Latest buzz
• Complete draft board
• Top-rated prospects
• Team needs: AFC | NFC
• Decision makers: AFC | NFC
• Clayton: What to watch
• Pasquarelli: Character counts
• Pasquarelli: Landry a safe bet
• Clayton: Different look at LBs
• Pasquarelli: Peterson ready
• Pasquarelli: Olsen athletic
• Pasquarelli: Tough to tackle
• Mosley: Cowboys look good