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Postby moochman » Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:23 pm

1.17 Gosder Cherilus 6' 7" 315lbs RT.
With his limited change-of-direction agility, along with a solid reputation as a mauler for the ground game, Cherilus would welcome a return to right tackle at the next level. The Haitian is a tireless worker and with patient coaching, he could join the long line of steady Boston College offensive linemen now playing in the NFL. Cherilus closed out his career with 51 consecutive starts for the Eagles, establishing a new school record.
2.14 (45) Jordon Dizon 6' 0" 229lbs OLB.
Dizon averaged over 13 tackles a game at Colorado, but his lack of size and speed has many questioning how effective he will be at the pro level. With names such as Dan Connor and Xavier Adibi still on the board, the Lions likely took Dizon according to a pressing need on the outside.
3.1 (64) Kevin Smith 6' 1" 217lbs RB.
Smith was highly productive at Central Florida. He's a big kid who fits the inside zone running scheme that the Lions are implementing this year. His football grade is probably a high second-round pick but he fell somewhat due to off-field issues and a poor game against Mississippi State to end the year.
3.24 (87) Andre Fluellen 6' 2" 296lbs DT.
Fluellen is a big, athletic defensive lineman who fits the Lions' 4-3, Cover 2 system as a lane-clogging, run-stuffer. He has good quickness and a high motor.
3.29 (92) Cliff Avril 6' 3" 252lbs OLB.
The Lions traded up to take Avril. There's a good chance he'll play linebacker in Detroit. He had 48 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 45 starts and ran a very impressive 4.5 at the combine. The recent history of Purdue defensive ends (Anthony Spencer and Shaun Phillips) succeeding at the next level bodes well for Avril's chances.
5.1 (136)
5.9 (144)
7.9 (216)
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Re: Lions 2008 draft picks and NFL.com analysis

Postby dream_017 » Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:08 pm

Here are the rest of the players taken by the Lions:

5 1 (136) Kenny Moore WR Wake Forest
5 11 (146) Jerome Felton FB Furman
7 9 (216) Landon Cohen DT Ohio
7 11 (218) Caleb Campbell S Army
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