Detroit Lions 2008 NFL Draft Grade
The Detroit Lions, believe it or not, finally had a good draft. Gosder Cherilus and Kevin Smith fill big holes on protecting the quarterback. Cherilus, a right tackle from Boston College, should start immediately and work well as a bookend with Backus on the left side.

Kevin Smith is a workhorse; he ran for nearly 2500 yards last year and should fill the running lanes in Detroit for years to come. Detroit football needs to be built on defense and it’s good to see them address that. Jordan Dizon is a rangy linebacker who seems to have his head in on every play. Andre Fluellen and Cliff Avril give the trenches needed depth as Detroit focused their draft on winning, something Lions’ fans know nothing about. 

For a sleeper I'm focusing on a man who may never play outside of Special Teams, but will surely be a fan favorite. Caleb Campbell from West Point knows how to work hard; you don't go to West Point to play football, you go to West Point and play football. He is a good character guy who is looked up to by many and respected by all. We wish him luck in his football career here at 20yardline.com. 

Round 1 (17) – Gosder Cherilus – OT – 6’7” 315 – Boston College 

Round 2 (45) – Jordon Dizon – OLB – 6’0” 229 – Colorado 

Round 3 (64) – Kevin Smith – RB – 6’1” 217 – Central Florida 

Round 3 (87) – Andre Fluellen – DT – 6’2” 296 – Florida State 

Round 3 (92) – Cliff Avril – OLB – 6’3” 252 – Purdue 

Round 5 (136) – Kenneth Moore – WR – 5’11” 195 – Wake Forest 

Round 5 (146) – Jerome Felton – FB – 6’0” 246 – Furman 

Round 7 (216) – Landon Cohen – DE – 6’3” 278 – Ohio 

Round 7 (218) – Caleb Campbell – S – 6’2” 229 – Army 

Detroit Lions – Draft Grade – B+ 

By T. Lewis, 20Yardline.com
May 7, 2008