Last night, the Detroit Lions traded their first round pick, number 23 overall, to the Denver Broncos. In exchange, the Lions received Denver’s first round pick, number 28 overall, a 5th round pick in this year’s draft, and a 5th round pick in next year’s draft. That in itself was a nice trade. Denver, one of three teams that made offers to Detroit, sweetened the deal by throwing in C / G Manny Ramirez. Ramirez was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions. He was released in 2010 before getting a chance to develop. Denver allowed that to happen, and he started for Denver in the Superbowl two years ago.
At the time, it looked like Detroit acquired a starting guard and two 5th round picks to move back 5 spots. The move Detroit made next was unexpected. Detroit beat writers said after the trade that the Lions should look for a mid round guard to groom behind Manny. At pick 28, the Lions drafted Laken Tomlinson. Tomlinson was widely regarded by his peers at the Senior Bowl as the bet guard there. The Detroit Lions apparently felt similarly and picked him. They now have Manny Ramirez, Laken Tomlinson, and Travis Swanson to play two offensive line positions. It is safe to say the interior of the offensive line is set.