By i) Pat Caputo

By: Pat Caputo

The NFL Draft is always more perplexing for a team selecting later rather than sooner.

For one thing, their needs don’t fall under the category of “everything,” which by the way, has described the Lions’ drafts of the past.

Not anymore. The Lions have an excellent offense now – one of the best in the NFL. The Lions defense is suspect. They NEED to draft defensive players in the early rounds. Taking offensive players would be counterproductive.

Problem is, at No. 23 overall in the first round, the best players that might be available, cornerbacks Jarnois Jenkins (North Alabama, Florida) and Dre Kirkpartick (Alabama) have marijuana-related offenses in their past. The Lions have had an off-season in which three of their five picks from the last draft were charged with marijuana possession – Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath.

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