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Are the Lions the big winners of the first round?

Suh, Best continue the upgrades for Detroit. Matt Bowen

Print This April 23, 2010, 12:02 PM EST

Is anyone else on board with me when we talk about Jim Schwartz and the Lions right now?

I won’t go as far to say that I am on the Detroit bandwagon after one round of the NFL Draft, but it is hard not to notice the moves this franchise is making — moves that will make them competitive.

Ndamukong Suh going No. 2 overall is something that we expected, but it doesn’t discount the value he immediately brings to that Lions defensive line — the same line that already added Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams earlier this offseason.

Upgrades, just like the move Detroit made last night to get back into the latter half of the first round to grab RB Jahvid Best from Cal. A player that can act as a dynamic weapon out of the backfield and one who has game-breaking ability once he is in the open field.

Even when we go back to last year’s first round when Schwartz picked up QB Matthew Stafford and TE Brandon Pettigrew, we can see a franchise that is rebuilding its squad through the draft and with calculated moves in the free-agent market. As they did again last week when the Lions traded for Tony Scheffler, a TE that can align outside of the formation and provide matchup issues.

These are the type of moves that eventually build a winner. I am not going to come out and make predictions about records or where the Lions will end up in the 2010 season, but come opening day up in Chicago at Soldier Field against the Bears, Lovie Smith is going to have to prepare for a much different Lions team.

Because they are making the upgrades necessary to improve their overall talent on the roster.

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