By i) Pat Caputo

By: Pat Caputo

Three reasons selecting Riley Reiff in the first round of the NFL Draft made sense for the Lions:

1. The Lions lack depth along the offensive line and Reiff played both tackle and guard at Iowa. He will likely contribute immediately.

2. He played mostly left tackle at Iowa, but wouldn’t have much problem moving to right tackle. So Reiff is not only a player the Lions can groom as the eventual replacement for Jeff Backus at left tackle, but he will push Gosder Cherilus for the starting right tackle spot this year.

3. Reiff could have easily gone in the first 15 selections of the draft. It appeared unlikely he would be available at 23rd overall. It was definitely a “value” selection.

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