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April 27, 2012

James Cook: Linemen fell to Detroit

Riley Reiff or David DeCastro?

Martin Mayhew couldn't go wrong with either lineman that fell into their laps after a run on defensive linemen.

The biggest knock on Reiff is short arms, but if that's the only negative you can point to in a lineman, that's pretty good.

DeCastro would also have made perfect sense, but the Lion obviously felt tackle was a bigger need than guard, where Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman currently reside. Detroit needs an eventual replacement for Jeff Backus, and if Reiff can do that, it frees up Jason Fox to move to right tackle to challenge Gosder Cherilous.

Now in the second round, the Lions need to address the defense. They can get by with what they currently have at each unit if need be, which puts them in position to take thebest defensive player available, regardless of position.

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