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Development of Levy made Sims deal easy for Lions

Third-round pick from Wisconsin shined as a rookie Brad Biggs

Print This April 19, 2010, 12:53 PM EST

Maybe the Detroit Lions didn’t figure on replacing Ernie Sims with DeAndre Levy when they made the Wisconsin product a third-round pick last year, but that’s essentially what happened.

Shoulder and hamstring injuries sidelined Sims last season and Levy stepped into his role on the weak side and played better than the veteran. It was a quick transition because Sims had been the best player on a bad defense for some time. Sims, an undersized performer, didn’t fit what Jim Schwartz and Gunther Cunningham were looking to do on offense making the trade today one that not only adds depth at tight end with the addition of Tony Scheffler but also helps define the linebacker position.

Levy should flourish for the Lions, who could still look to add some depth at linebacker via the draft, and Sims will get a fresh start in Philadelphia where he projects to start on the weak side. It’s an absolute bargain for the Eagles. They get the ninth overall pick of the 2006 draft and now Sims not only has something to prove, he has a contract to play for in 2010. The Eagles get all of this for a fifth-round draft pick. It’s a no-brainer.

Levy will likely wind up being the starter in the middle for the Lions following the departure of Larry Foote via free agency. If Detroit has success in the draft like it did with Levy, perhaps they’ll turn up another starter.

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