While this blog may focus on college football, the build-up to the NFL draft seems like a great time for stepping out on the amateurs. There's just something about the draft that Homerism loves. In fact, I think I like the dissecting the process of putting an NFL team together better than the actual games.
Anyway, while I don't really fancy myself an expert on football at any level--or anything else, really--I do believe that I've watched enough football in the past couple years to develop some sound opinions on who can play in the pros and who should sell insurance. In the weeks leading up to the draft, Homerism will break down what each team should do with each pick in the first round. Without further adieu, Detroit is on the clock...
Pick 1: Detroit Lions
Strengths: Calvin Johnson
Weaknesses: The other 55 players
The Pick: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Yes, Homerism is well aware of the Lions' putrid history with drafting receivers in the first round in the last few years. Yes, Homerism is well aware that receiver is already the best unit on a very bad team. Yes, Homerism is well aware of the Motown's economic struggles and the pain this pick would cause such a depressed fan base.
Bear with me, though. Crabtree was the best pure football player in the college ranks last year. He piled up big numbers, but he also made huge plays when it counted. He's big and physical and has great hands. He goes deep, but he also has the ability to take a quick-hitter to the house. There isn't much he can't he do. This seems like as much of a sure thing as you'll get this year.
In reality, the Lions would be better off dealing this pick. Does anyone ever try to move up anymore, though? It's not happening. So why not make a splash and roll the dice on the best player available?
A Johnson-Crabtree combo at receiver sounds like a nightmare for defenses. Would you really rather have a left tackle from Baylor to protect Daunte Culpepper's blindside? Coming off 0-16, I'd say the the Lions should be granted a chance to dare to be great.