Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Michigan offensive lineman Eric Fisher runs the 40 yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Lions Chances Of Landing Two Premier Tackles Fading



When the Lions hired general manager Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz, they put every available resource into the defensive line.

This year, the front office set out to revamp the offensive line. They cut right guard Stephen Peterman, restructured the contract of center Dominic Raiola, and allowed right tackle Gosder Cherilus to walk (signed with the Indianapolis Colts).

“I think that we’ve drafted on the offensive line, last year with Riley Reiff, and a couple years before that with Jason Fox,” Schwartz said. “We’ve developed those guys and if we can plug them in, we’re prepared to do it. All of those guys are guys that we think a lot of and we think that they can go do the job if called upon.

“We have some pretty good players in the pipeline. If we think the best course of action is to go there, then we’re prepared for that.”

Then left tackle Jeff Backus retired and the fanbase had more questions than answers. Who starts at left tackle? Where does Riley Reiff start?

It then turned to Thursday’s draft, primarily to Central Michigan’s own Eric Fisher. Draft pundits alike have sung the praises of Fisher. Some to the point of placing him No. 1 overall in their latest mock drafts, in place of Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joekel.

The Kansas City Chiefs — who hold the first overall pick — seem to be the closest thing to a lock in this unprecedented draft class, which features few elite talents, by drafting the left tackle of their choosing. NFL Networks Daniel Jeremiah suggests two other teams ahead of the Lions are now leaning towards a tackle.


Through these claims and the general consensus around the league, many believe neither will be around when the Lions come on the clock. Which begs the question, would the Lions turn towards Lane Johnson — the third available tackle — or turn towards a safe pick of Chance Warmack or Dee Milliner.

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Martin Mayhew addressed his teams plans for the draft on Thursday.

“I think it’s really important,” Mayhew said. “You want guys with that high ceiling, but it’s also important to make sure you’re getting a solid player that you can have around for a long time. It may not be the best place to swing for the fence. You might not want to be Dave Kingman at 5. You might rather just get on base if you know what I mean.”

The Lions have tough decisions ahead of them, as the Lions look to keep their offseason momentum going.


Make sure to check back with Detroit Jock City April 25th, as Bradley La Brie and Tony Fischer live blog the 2013 NFL Draft.


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  • Chris Wyman

    Ok, Here’s a few facts for you that will help this decision be much easier.

    #1 The Lions Martin Mayhew began the off season speaking about interior pressure and then he released RG Peterman, so insert Chance Warmack.

    #2 During the offseason the question was asked, “is Riley Rieff an OT or a guard?” the Answer: He is multidimensional player and we drafted him so that we could select the BPA in this years draft so insert Chance Warmack.

    #3 The Lions have always drafted the BPA instead of need under Martin Mayhew. Mike Mayock calls Chance Warmack the Best Player in this years draft, so again insert Chance Warmack.

    #4 Jim Schwartz wants an impact player and doesn’t care what position that comes from. Warmack is considered a 10 year starter at RG, a 10 year starter is an impact player in my book, so insert Chance Warmack.

    #5 In interviews Chance Warmack sounds exactly like Nick Fairley, another Lions draft pick from years ago. A couple of meatheads if you ask me. Warmack would be lining up across from (meathead) Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh in practice, so insert (meathead) Chance Warmack.

    I could go on and on.

    #6 Considering we haven’t been able to run the football since Barry Sanders left and considering we haven’t run the football against anyone other than the Carolina Panthers… so insert Chance Warmack.

    #7 Mayhew spoke glowingly of two players last season. One was Willie Young who they tendered with a 2nd round pick. Next was Reiff who they continually spoke of as a LT.

    #8 The pick is gonna be Chance Warmack.

    The Lions get on base and select Chance Warmack #5 overall.