Peterson: How will Lions, Packers draft?

The Detroit Lions have a long, and not very storied history, in the NFL draft.

Despite finishing in the lower regions of the standings of the time, the Lions have constantly made picks that have made people scratch their heads.

Without going into detail, you only have to look at the 2016 draft to understand that.

Instead of going with top lineman Aaron Donald, they selected a tight end, Eric Ebron.

Donald is today the top defensive tackle in the game, being a consistent big play factor. Ebron had problems hanging on to the football in Motown, but did improve after he was traded.

This draft of chock-full of promising offensive players, including a long list of receivers, an area Detroit is in desperate need of.

The obvious choice for the brass in Detroit would be to grab Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. Jaylen Waddle would probably be another solid pick.

Both are flat-out speedsters who will loosen up opposing secondaries.

Assuming that those two will be gone by the time the Lions choose, taking a chance on Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons might be worth it.

Linebacking has been a problem in Detroit for years and Parsons appears to have the talent to improve it right away.

As for the Packers. they usually do reasonably well despite picking late in the draft.

But their choice of quarterback Jordan Love of Utah State last year baffled most NFL observers. It also drew the ire of Aaron Rodgers, who couldn’t figure out why the team would draft his heir apparent so quickly.

Make no mistake, Rodgers is the heart and soul of the Packers. Without him, they’re just another team — and probably a subpar one at that.

He also has an acting career after his playing days are over. Maybe with his own game show.

As it goes, Green Bay will probably look for help in the secondary.

But if they pick another quarterback this time, Rodgers will certainly seek a trade.


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