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Schwartz: 'Our No. 1 need is talent'

Lions head coach stresses ability to make good draft decisions. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This February 25, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS—Going 2-14 in the NFL would generally be regarded as anything but successful.

But in Detroit, it’s a step in the right direction—especially for a Lions team that spent the 2008 season setting an NFL landmark by becoming the first franchise to go 0-16.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz addressed the media Thursday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium, answering a slew of questions about how the team intends to improve and what positions cause him the most concern.

And Schwartz summed up the Lions’ draft needs perfectly.

“Our number one need is talent.”

Schwartz talked about the importance of making good draft decisions and not focusing so much on a specific position, but rather, finding the best talent that fits the Lions’ scheme and acquiring players who can come in and contribute.

He emphasized that point by discussing Lions safety Louis Delmas, whom the team selected with the first pick in the second round of the 2009 draft.

“He’s our top defensive player,” said Schwartz. “Nothing was ever too big for him.”

Delmas started 15 games for the Lions as a rookie in 2009, making 94 tackles (65 solo) and recording two interceptions. After one season in the NFL, he has already proven to be a smart draft choice.

The key, however, will be continuing to acquire talent and building through the draft.

When asked what was one thing the team was looking to improve on, Schwartz answered with little hesitation.

“My blood pressure.”

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