Lawrence Jackson Trade Proves Detroit Lions Still Have Work To Do

August 21, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

First things first.
Well done, Martin Mayhew, for bringing in a first-round pick with a sixth-round pick. And thinking back to the 2010 NFL Draft, Mayhew traded a seventh-round pick to Philadelphia for a sixth next year, so really, 2008 first-rounder Lawrence Jackson has found his way to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2010 seventh-rounder.
And Jackson is far from a bust. His best years are most likely ahead of him, and the cost for obtaining him was close to nothing.
But there's some writing on the wall when it comes to this move. Jackson plays defensive end, which is not necessarily considered a position lacking depth when it comes to the Lions.
Especially, not after last Saturday, which saw backup middle linebacker Jordon Dizon leave the field with a season-ending knee injury.
It was assumed that the Lions would make a move in response to a key injury at an already-thin position like linebacker.
Since Jackson is a defensive end, those assumptions we...

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