Detroitlions.com covered Thursday's draft from Allen Park (team headquarters), New York City (Radio City Music Hall) and Detroit (Gem Theatre).
Draft day for the Detroit Lions began with the lingering buzz surrounding Barry Sanders' becoming this year's Madden Cover athlete.
Winning the head-to-head vote over Adrian Peterson, Sanders began the victory circuit, which included announcing the Lions' first-round selection at Radio City Music Hall.
Who was that pick?
After months of speculation, Sanders announced that Detroit Lions selected BYU defensive end Ezekial "Ziggy" Ansah with the fifth-overall pick.
- Detroitlions.com columnist Mike O'Hara wrote that Ansah fills a need at pass rusher for the Lions, but posed the question of whether he is ready to make an immediate impact.
- Though Ansah is a great story having burst onto the college football scene in 2012, O'Hara says it is his background that makes his story so compelling.
- Following the pick, GM Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz were both asked about selecting Ansah and his "raw" talent. Both said they were comfortable with Ansah's development.
- Said Schwartz, "He's inexperienced, but he's not a developmental player."
- Tim Twentyman had defensive end as the Lions' top need heading into Thursday. Does he believe Ansah fills that need?
- The Lions may have selected the first defensive end in the draft, but they certainly didn't take the last.
- Ansah was one of nine defensive linemen taken in the first round and one of eighteen linemen taken overall. Why was there such a run on big men? And should the Lions target an offensive lineman on Day 2?