After a one week hiatus, the Detroit Lions Bloggers are back with answers for the Church of Schwartz. I will link to the full set of answers from the Lions Bloggers Panel here once it is up.
Here are the questions, along with the answers I submitted:
1. Do you like what Roscoe Parrish would bring to the Lions? How much would we have to pay the Bills to get him?
I like what Roscoe Parrish would bring to the Lions a few injuries ago. While he was a pretty good return man at one point, how much he has left I'm not certain. I can't see Buffalo taking anything shy of draft picks for him -- and he is worth more than a 6th and less than a 3rd. I would rather see the Lions take a shot on a return specialist in the 6th round who is young and hungry, rather than acquire Parrish. I don't think the upside with him is greater than that of a flier on a return guy later in the draft.
2. George Foster looks like he's turned over a new leaf. Where do you see him playing next year for us(if at all)?
I see him as a backup swing tackle, and possibly even a backup OG if he can do well there -- he has size, but some quickness and would work better at OG than Backus. I think many are underestimating Daniel Loper heading into this draft. I have no doubt that he will win the LOG spot -- and my gut says depending on who the Lions draft, he could push Backus for the LT spot. People in Tennessee I've talked to have indicated they were hoping Loper would stick around, but knew that he was too good to stay a backup for long. Only Tennessee's excellent line with few injuries kept down his playing time.
3. Whom do you prefer if they are available at 1.20: Rey Maualuga or James Laurinaitis?
I find myself in a "do I have to pick one?" mode again... From what I've seen, both are two down MLB in the NFL unless they can develop some currently lacking cover skills. While that isn't all bad, I think the Lions can find a better player available at the 1:20 spot. One thing you won't see from this front office is any Dizon-like reaches for need. They can find a very solid 2 down MLB later in the draft just as well as they can drafting one of hype guys early on. They may even be able to find a 3 down backer who will take a few lumps, but develop well in the 2nd or third. Of course, this won't even be a problem since we all know they are going to shuck convention and take Curry at #1. :P