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Pat Caputo: Lions Day 2 Draft Picks Perplexing

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ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 06: Mikel Leshoure #5 of the Illinios Fighting Illini celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown reception while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 67-65. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 06: Mikel Leshoure #5 of the Illinios Fighting Illini celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown reception while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 67-65. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The Lions’ moves on the second night of the NFL Draft Friday were perplexing.

For the second year in a row, they traded up to take a running back, Mikel Leshoure from Illinois.

The Lions’ moves on the second night of the NFL Draft Friday were perplexing.

For the second year in a row, they traded up to take a running back, Mikel Leshoure from Illinois.

He was a good player at Illinois, but he ran in a spread offense. He is a bigger back, pushing about 230 pounds. Yet, he can hardly be classified as a power back. Seems questionable he was so much higher on the Lions’ board than any other player that they felt compelled to surrender a fourth-round selection to acquire him in the second round. Last April, the Lions made a similar move to get Jahvid Best in the first round.

The Lions entered the draft needing a third receiver, but it was hardly a priority given they need four or five starters defensively. They took Titus Young, a receiver from Boise State, in the second round. Young is a talented player, a legitimate Top 50 pick. But was he sooooo much better than others who could have helped the Lions on defense?

Doubt it.

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