Josh Biliski ‘16 – The day when dreams become a reality for the top college football players in the United States, the NFL Draft. The hype of the draft this year was no different than the usual, the mock drafts, player rankings, and potential draft grades stirred through the nation. Sitting atop the draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started the night with the number one pick at 8:05 PM.
“I like the Buc’s, I hope this helps them become a better team and a contender in the future,” Nick Blankenburg ‘16 said.
With the coveted, and maybe most important, first pick in the NFL Draft the Buccaneers look to start the rebuilding process with the former Heisman winner and Florida State Seminole quarterback, Jameis Winston.
“He’s a good looking guy, hopefully he does well,” Bre Olley ‘16 said about Winston. “I can’t wait for him to play against Detroit.”
Our Detroit Lions never fail to make a splash in the National Football world, the Lions took control of the 23rd pick in the draft. This did not last long, trading this pick to the Denver Broncos. Receiving a 5th round pick in this year’s draft, a 5th round pick in next year’s draft, the 28th overall pick in this year’s draft and also, and to cap it all off, veteran guard Manny Ramirez. The Lions are looking to solidify an offensive line that has been a weak point for many years.
“Bringing in Ramirez really helps the depth of our offensive line, which was a problem last year,” Quinn Walker ‘16 said.
After moving down five picks, the Lions selected guard Laken Tomlinson, from Duke University. Tomlinson draws comparisons to the Lions very own Larry Warford. Tomlinson is a big, semi athletic, strong, and very smart offensive lineman that looks to keep quarterback Matthew Stafford off of his back next season.
“I like it, Tomlinson is a big guy that seems to have a good head on his shoulders,” Kade Messner ‘15 said about Rookie Guard Laken Tomlinson.
In the second round, the Lions looked to fill a void that has been vacant since the great Barry Sanders, running back. Becoming the third running back off of the board, the Lions selected Ameer Abdullah. The former Nebraska Cornhusker looks to step in as the starting running back for the 2015-2016 NFL season.
“Abdullah is the future,” Chase Arendts said. “He’s going to be a star and im glad he is a part of this spectacular Lions offense.”
In the final 5 rounds, the Lions selected blocking Fullback Michael Burton. Taking another lineman in offensive tackle, Corey Robinson. On the defensive side of the ball, they decided to make additions to the secondary, selecting Alex Carter and Quandree Diggs. Also attempting to replace the hole left not only in our defensive line but our hearts after the emotional departure of All-Pro Ndamukong Suh, the Lions selected Gabe Wright.
The Lions looked to build off their 2014-2015 playoff berth next season, and have even more success. They hope that these picks will do the job.