While the defensive line is the strength of the Detroit Lions’ defense, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t still use some depth. They have succeeded in adding some depth to that area of the team with their recent trade for Seattle defensive end Lawrence Jackson. In return, they sent them what is reportedly a sixth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Jackson only has 6.5 sacks in his two seasons in the league, but the guy was a first round pick in 2008. It’s entirely possible that he hasn’t reached his peak as a player yet. Will he ever reach the level of value you would expect from a first round pick? Probably not, but he can certainly reach the value of a sixth round pick. If a player ever sees the field for you, he’s a worthwhile sixth rounder.
With Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril as the starting defensive ends, Jackson doesn’t need to start, but you always need a rotation on the defensive line. Maybe Jackson can get a sack or two this season and that would be a fine value. The Lions gave up basically nothing for a player who will definitely get some playing time this year and could surprise people. That’s another good move for this team.