The Detroit Lions thought drafting WR Ryan Broyles in the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft last year was the way to go, instead of drafting much needed defensive players. As they prepare for tonight’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the Lions are 4-8 and in last place in the Central Division, with no hope at making the playoffs. Not only does this prove the Broyles pick was awful, but also scares me for next years draft and the faith I have in the front office making a good pick. To all the Lions fans out there that start defending Broyles or naming off stats in his defense, I will explain why you sound foolish…
The Broyles pick has absolutely nothing to do with the Broyles or his ability to play the WR position. The reason the pick was awful, is simply because it was an offensive player and not a much needed defensive player. The point I am making means you can’t make a case for why you think Broyles was worth it, by pointing out how “good” you think he is. He could be the best WR in the NFL and I would still think the pick was awful, since it wasn’t DEFENSE.
How is Broyles doing this year you ask?… 22 Rec, 310 Yards, 2 TD’s. Good enough for 8th on the team in receptions and 6th on the team in yards. Never mind the fact that 2 running backs (Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell) and 2 Tight Ends (Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler) are ahead of him in receptions.
The Lions have the 2nd best offense in the NFL going into the game tonight, which means that clearly the offense isn’t the problem. I say “problem” because I am looking for the reason we are 4-8 and out of the playoffs. So we have established that having the #2 offense in the league doesn’t mean anything unless it translates into wins, which leaves the defense to look at.