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DT Gerald McCoy: Detroit Lions Best Option at No.2 Overall

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The Detroit Lions have made it clear that they are looking to draft the best non-quarterback with the second overall pick in this years draft. Seeing that the Lions are refusing to draft the same position with their first pick every year just confirms that old GM Matt Millen is not in town anymore.

Joking aside, if the Lions are going to take the best non-quarterback with the second selection, they should be inline to draft Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Coming into this years draft the top to players on the board are both defensive tackles and the first one to go should be Nebraska product Ndamukong Suh.

Free Safety Eric Barry is also getting play as a top five overall pick but it’s hard for me to see the Lions passing on tackle for a safety.

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Then again, the Lions strength as a defense was against the run last year as they finished 28th worst in the league in that category. When you compare that to where they finished against the pass and points given up (dead last in both) 28th doesn’t look so bad.

Again, joking aside, this team needs all the help it can get on defense and as the old saying goes, “it all starts up front.” If you can’t win at the line of scrimmage, your linebackers and safeties will get beatup because their on the field too much.

With that said, taking a beast like McCoy would be a very good step in the right direction. Head Coach Jim Schwartz knows all about how a dominant tackle can make life easier on defense as he was the defensive coordinator for the Titans.

In Schawartz time with the Titans, he had the opportunity to coach Albert Haynesworth and one would have to believe McCoy and Suh would be his players to draft.

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