Stanton Selected, BMW & McCown Traded

Drew Stanton celebrates as MSU beat Hawaii, 42-14, on September 11.

With the second overall pick, it was almost a given Matt Millen would screw it up.  Instead,  the Oakland Raiders took JaMarcus Russell, Louisiana State quarterback with the first overall selection, leaving Calvin Johnson on the board — a wide receiver. Durst Millen pull the trigger on his fourth first round wide receiver selection in five years? Fortunately, he durst, seemingly indifferent towards the draft, which undoubtedly interrupted his weekly viewing of Power Rangers on ABC. Johnson is perhaps the greatest player in the draft, and despite his position, the Lions did the proper thing in allowing him to stay. At 6’5″ and 240 he offers the size to be a great target, but also has great athleticism, evident in his 43-inch vertical leap, which complements his 4.33 second time in the NFL Combine’s 40-yard dash. His hardware cabinet already holds the 2006 Biletnikoff Award, as well as ACC Player of the Year Awards from both 2004 & 2006. Jon Kitna may have set a club record for completions last season despite being sacked a gaudy 63 times, but he may have a shot at putting up some huge numbers passing next season with a loaded receiving core. The Lions also dealt Mike Williams, though not to the Titans as rumored earlier, rather, sending him to the Raiders along with quarterback Josh McCown in exchange for a fourth round selection. Calvin Johnson will wear Big Mike Williams’ #81 jersey number, which he was to wear this season prior to being traded. With one less QB, the Lions selected Michigan State veteran Drew Stanton. In his MSU career, he completed 65.7% of his passes, throwing for 4,717 yards, 30 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The Spartans certainly enjoyed Stanton’s services in his tenure there, and it will be interesting to see whether the Lions grow the hometown prospect into a starting QB of the future. Some put him as the third best passer in the draft, behind Russell and Quinn, which means the Lions may have acquired a worthy NFL player with a low risk, second round selection. Through several trades, the Lions also drafted Ikaika Alama-Francis (a defensive end from University of Hawaii) and Gerald Alexander (a Boise State free safety) in the second round. A solid draft day for the Lions — here’s to hoping the rest of the team can pull their weight to provide support for this promising incoming class of talent.

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