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How Detroit's options could widen

2/25/2010

ESPN.com's John Clayton penned a thoughtful take on the circumstances that could compel St. Louis to select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick of the draft, a decision that would leave Detroit to choose between the consensus top two players in the draft.

Clayton's reasoning, in short: The No. 1 overall pick will command a contract that averages $12 million per year. If they are going to shell out that type of money to a rookie, most teams would prefer it be a quarterback. Plus, the Rams already have spent two first-round picks on defensive linemen in recent years.

If that's the case, the Lions would have their choice between Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma counterpart Gerald McCoy. As we've discussed, the Lions probably can't go wrong with either Suh or McCoy. But it would be an added bonus to have the opportunity to pick between the two.