The Lions need to get back on track. As rare it is to see Detroit on track at all, it was not long ago that the Lions appeared to be one of the most talented young teams in the NFL and now they look like they are the Lions again after a 4-12 finish last season. However, they still have a lot of those young players from two seasons ago that helped get them back to the playoffs.
What choice in the NFL draft is going to get them back over the hump?
With long-time left tackle Jeff Backus retiring and the Lions moving on without right guard Stephen Peterman and right tackle Gosder Cherilus, Detroit must create a cohesive front if their investments in Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and free agent addition Reggie Bush are to flourish together. Fisher, who some rank as the top talent in the draft, would make the task of fixing the offensive line much less daunting.
While there are many ways to go, it should give Detroit the flexibility to take the top player available either way when the Lions pick fifth in next week's draft. That is unless they make a trade to acquire more picks, since they do have many holes to fill.