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Lions' coaches hint Suh will be their pick

Although the Lions said last week that they haven’t yet reached a consensus on what they’re going to do with the second pick in Thursday’s draft, the coaching staff is hinting that Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be the choice.

About 1,500 fans showed up Monday to a pre-draft party for season-ticket holders at Ford Field, and after hearing them chant Suh’s name, head coach Jim Schwartz told them they’d be happy on Thursday night.

“Let me say this, the draft board has been pretty solidly set,” Schwartz said. “We are going to go over some mock-draft scenarios over the next couple days and cover all of our options. There are a lot of different ways we can go, but you won’t be disappointed.”

None of the Lions’ coaches would come right out and say that Suh is atop their draft board, but Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham joked about his wife telling him they needed Suh, and even Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he’d be fine with taking Suh instead of bolstering the offensive line.

“When we’re killing the other team’s quarterback,” Linehan said. “I’m going to be happy.”

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  1. lololnpnp says: Apr 20, 2010 8:36 AM

    Aaaahhhh yeah!! There is no amount of money I wouldn’t pay to have him crash full speed ahead into Favre’s old ass frame.

  2. BillsFan27 says: Apr 20, 2010 8:43 AM

    That team is slowly coming together.
    But then what would they do without a high draft pick? If they become “better” they won’t know how to handle themselves – like, if they were drafting 15-20.
    Interesting. (Probably only to me.)

  3. RedskinSteve says: Apr 20, 2010 8:46 AM

    Lion’s fans!!! Get ready…Haynesworth is coming your way!
    Enjoy is fat a$$ on your d-line!

  4. Bill_24/7 says: Apr 20, 2010 8:47 AM

    I was there last night, they talked more about McCoy than they did Suh.

  5. last starfighter says: Apr 20, 2010 8:47 AM

    lololnpnp-
    If favre plays this season, he will get killed in the nfc north. Suh, Peppers, Mathews. Yikes.

  6. MagicMan407 says: Apr 20, 2010 8:48 AM

    And likewise nothing will make the other team happier when the other teams are killing your franchise quaterback as well.

  7. jimmySee says: Apr 20, 2010 8:56 AM

    Despite all the talk, they’ll probably take a wide receiver.

  8. irishgary says: Apr 20, 2010 8:57 AM

    1500 fans showed up? That’s more than they get for most of their games.

  9. Farves sweet Hair says: Apr 20, 2010 8:57 AM

    What a loser organization. Top 5 pick the last 10 years.

  10. dsp1899 says: Apr 20, 2010 9:00 AM

    While I am not a Lions fan, they would be stupid to pick someone else other than Suh!

  11. CmonBucs says: Apr 20, 2010 9:00 AM

    And then after their franchise QB gets killed again Lions fan can blast the coach for not addressing the Oline. But hey 5-6 sacks will totally be worth it!

  12. BroncosfanBR says: Apr 20, 2010 9:00 AM

    Aaaahhhh yeah!! There is no amount of money I wouldn’t pay to have him crash full speed ahead into Favre’s old ass frame.
    LOL, man that’s priceless.

  13. odds75to1 says: Apr 20, 2010 9:00 AM

    “When we’re killing the other team’s quarterback,” Linehan said. “I’m going to be happy.”
    I LOVE IT!!!!! Back up the kool-aid truck!

  14. irishsamurai says: Apr 20, 2010 9:02 AM

    If they become “better” they won’t know how to handle themselves – like, if they were drafting 15-20.
    Interesting. (Probably only to me.)
    not at all,i too find it interesting,its kinda like the tampa bay rays,after years and years of terrible seasons and high draft picks,they finally start having good seasons,well i would hope so,all those high draft picks better turn out,same thing with the lions,only diff is with the lions,they have been bad for so long,all those picks of millen’s are barely still in the league,if they had mayhew they wouldve probably been competing 2-3 years ago,glad to see detroit finally start to move in the right direction,in my opinion,they should draft suh,trade baltimore their 2nd round pick for gaither and in this one draft you have a DT for next 10 years and a LT for next 10 years to protect stafford,but maybe that is just wishful thinking

  15. Larry David says: Apr 20, 2010 9:05 AM

    I think he’ll be solid, but not as great as everybody is expecting.

  16. Wolfskins says: Apr 20, 2010 9:07 AM

    Albert Haynesworth and Ndamukong Suh on the DLine…. that could be really scary!! All that would take is a trade with the Redskins for your 2nd this year and a 2nd next….

  17. VikesCan'tBuyARing says: Apr 20, 2010 9:08 AM

    Wow, MagicMan… I think you’ve figured it out. You are wise beyond your years.

  18. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 20, 2010 9:08 AM

    Doesn’t Detroit have problems on their offensive line? They should be looking to move down so they save money and get a tackle. Okung in round1 then possibly move up and get Pouncey. They need to protect Stafford or he will be a big time bust.

  19. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 20, 2010 9:15 AM

    last starfighter says:
    April 20, 2010 8:47 AM
    lololnpnp-
    If favre plays this season, he will get killed in the nfc north. Suh, Peppers, Mathews. Yikes.
    ==============================
    Same old tired BS from a Packer fan.
    We heard this all last year. The pack couldn’t even come close to beating the Vikes.
    Blah blah blah.
    How about being ARod with a oline that gave up over 50 sacks?
    Peppers. Suh, Allen….”Yikes”

  20. purpleguy says: Apr 20, 2010 9:15 AM

    I’m sure the Viking’s staff and Lord Favre haven’t slept a wink since this devastating news came out.

  21. mikethepa says: Apr 20, 2010 9:34 AM

    Left Tackles aren’t needed in the top 10.
    Charlie Johnson and Tony Ugoh (Benched), protect Peyton Manning at LT. Matt Light (48th pick) protect Tom Brady. Mike Gandy (3rd round) protected Kurt Warner. Max Starks (3rd round) protects Ben Roethlisberger. Marcus McNeill (2nd Round) Protects Philip Rivers. Jared Gaither (5th round supplemental) protected Joe Flacco and made holes for Ray Rice.
    Who are these top ten Left tackles that are protecting Quarterbacks? Joe Thomas? He protected Ken Dorsey after the other two got hurt. Good pass protection is about a collection of guys who play well together, not a good blind side protector. Jason Brown didn’t protect Marc Bulger. Jake Long did not protect Chad Pennington. Good left tackles can be found later in the draft or trade (Jason Peters, Jared Gaither, Jammal Brown)
    The Lions need to take Suh and the best available player at a need position in round 2. Jahvid Best, Devin McCourty, Brandon Spikes, Sergio Kindle could all be day 1 starters.
    I’m hoping the Scheffler trade was about getting trade bait for a running back such as Ronnie Brown, Lynch, or Deangelo. I’d love them to get Marion Barber, but I don’t see that happening.
    If Schwartz thinks enough of Haynesworth, I’d love to trade 2 third rounders for him and still take Suh! Can you imagine being a center and have them line up in the A gap for the entire game against you? Suddenly, everyone else on the defense would be improved.
    Also, with Jammal Brown now on the trading block, he’d be an excellent pick up starting his 6th year. I’d like to trade the 34th pick for him and the saints #64 pick.

  22. Sneki says: Apr 20, 2010 9:57 AM

    Lions already helped their oline by picking up Sims from Seattle…that addresses the weakest spot on the line last year, so I’ll be thrilled with Suh lining up with KVB, Corey Williams, and Cliff Avril.
    Pick up a top-flight CB in Round 2 and a RB in round 3 and look out…we just might be competitive.

  23. MonkeyHustle says: Apr 20, 2010 9:58 AM

    uhhhh … waiter another round of Kool Aid for me and my boys please …. GO LIONS!!

  24. last starfighter says: Apr 20, 2010 10:03 AM

    chickenragnarpartdeux says: April 20, 2010 9:15 AM
    ——————————————————————
    Hi there big fella. Did ya happen to catch the vikings panthers game last season? Did ya also happen to notice what the packers offense did when it both starting tackles back and healthy? I was just wondering if reality set in for you yet or if your brain is still frozen solid in the minnesota ice.

  25. Gautam says: Apr 20, 2010 10:03 AM

    I’m sure that Shanahan will trade Haynesworth for the #34 pick. The Lions could surely pay some money from their pocket.
    And Schwartz will definitely like to see Haynesworth on his D-line.

  26. spartyfi says: Apr 20, 2010 10:08 AM

    # Farves sweet Hair says: April 20, 2010 8:57 AM
    What a loser organization. Top 5 pick the last 10 years.
    Thanks for showing your ignorance fool! The lions picked outside of the top 5 (and top 10) in the 2008 draft. We were the 15th pick and traded that down to 17th. If you’re going to rip such an easy target like the Lions, the least you can do is have your facts straight. otherwise, keep your mouth shut!

  27. jasncondit says: Apr 20, 2010 10:17 AM

    And if Shaun Rogers survives his legal fiasco and gets cut by the browns then we could have a three headed rotation. Even scarier!!!!!
    Albert Haynesworth and Ndamukong Suh on the DLine…. that could be really scary!! All that would take is a trade with the Redskins for your 2nd this year and a 2nd next….

  28. jfd117 says: Apr 20, 2010 10:23 AM

    Smokescreen… they are really taking a WR.

  29. MotorCityKitties says: Apr 20, 2010 10:24 AM

    I’m double-fisting Kool Aid!!! Yum, yum, yum. LET’S GO D!!

  30. lionskeet says: Apr 20, 2010 10:32 AM

    Best player in draft = Suh
    Take him if he’s there.
    Lions can always draft OL in next year’s draft if needed.

  31. The Curse of Bobby Layne Part 2 says: Apr 20, 2010 11:02 AM

    I do NOT want Albert Haynesworth here, teaching Ndamukong Suh how to NOT be a team player! I don’t think he’d be a good mentor, the way that KVB will help Avril.
    We’ve added two to the O-line, two to the D-line, added two CB’s, and one WR. Many positive moves this year!
    Now, we need to sign Lito Sheppard and possibly even pacman jones (in lowercase) for CB now, and focus on getting a linebacker in round 2!
    Ranking our needs going into this draft are: DT, CB, LB, RB, S, DE, RG, RT, K, P in that order, in my opinion….It’s now a tie between CB and LB with the Sims trade, and if we sign Sheppard, then it’d be a no-brainer – LB with the second pick.
    We’ve got a pick in the first four rounds, then a bunch in the seventh round…..Looks like it’s going to take a few years to continue rebuilding!
    I can see the Lions going 1) DT, 2) LB, 3) RB, 4) S with their first four picks.
    We need a punter badly (harris sucks) and kicker (hanson missed a bunch last years coming off surgery the previous year). We could use TWO seventh-round picks there.
    We need an eventual DE that is better than Avril, and younger than KVB….If Clifton Geathers is there in the seventh, I’d LOVE to have him come here. Yes I know about his one off-field incident..
    And for our fourth seventh-round pick, we must take a wide receiver, preferably with the name Charles Williams or Mike Rogers to keep things real!

  32. bigdickwalker says: Apr 20, 2010 11:14 AM

    don’t you people ever get tired of the wr joke…. millen is gone ya a$$hats…

  33. SeeUInTheSuperbowl says: Apr 20, 2010 11:23 AM

    Anyone but Suh would be a huge mistake for you guys. If you’re stupid enough to pass on him, be stupid enough to trade with Seattle….we’ll take him off your hands.

  34. bigbadmac says: Apr 20, 2010 12:49 PM

    Yup, all a smokescreen…….with the #2 pick in the 2010 nfl draft the Detroit Lions select wide reciever Dez Bryant from Ok state. Lions Logic………….LMAO

  35. Bious says: Apr 20, 2010 5:01 PM

    If someone believes their staff that they “aren’t sure” and Suh is there….well, you are falling for the draft talk by the teams
    They know 100% that Suh is their pick
    Easily

  36. Bob Sacamano says: Apr 20, 2010 8:18 PM

    If anyone’s capable of totally ruining Suh’s career, it’s Gunther Cunningham.

  37. azdetroitfan says: Apr 21, 2010 3:21 PM

    I just bonged a pitcher of kool-aid….
    The Lions draft strategy has evolved from a WR infatuation to finesse TE. Luckily there aren’t any once in a lifetime (Kellen Winslow, ha ha) types in this draft so the Lions will be forced to take Suh.
    Lions fans, many of whom went to Dunham sporting goods last year to emplore management to take Aaron Curry, will be so happy Suh is dawning the Honlulu Blue and Silver that outlandish statements will start hitting the blogs like…..Detroit’ defense has agood chance to be top 10 in the league.
    The truth is the Lions need 5 or 6 top 10 picks on defense to even enter the realm of respectibility. Did anyone watch them the last 2 years? There defense is a hot mess. One guy in today’s schemeing NFL cannot make that big of a difference. It takes a village people.

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