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Lions Draft OT Taylor Decker with the 16th Pick in the First Round

After an unpredictable first half of the first round, the Lions finally made their pick.  While it looked like the Lions might get a shot at Laremy Tunsil, he went 3 picks before the Lions were on the clock.  Decker was the last of the upper tier of tackles, but he is the one that is probably best suited for right tackle.

Decker was a leader in the locker room for the Buckeyes and his teammates rallied around him.  That is a very important quality for the Lions since most of their lineman are quieter types.  Dominic Raiola was the fiery leader in the offensive line room, his retirement has left a void in leadership.  Decker is a massive player with a very powerful core.  He is a very strong run blocker that can drive players off the line of scrimmage.  He needs a lot of technique work, especially because of his height.  He also needs to develop a stronger punch and work on his flexibility.

Decker may not be the left tackle of the future, he doesn’t have that elite athleticism, but he has great size, tenacity and should develop better strength.  He could develop into more than just a right tackle, but it’s less of a sure thing than some of the other top tackles.  He will be a day one starter at right tackle and bring a very strong presence to the run game.  He will have the luxury of playing next to Larry Warford, the Lions’ best lineman, which will help his development.  The two also train at the same facility.

Here is game film cut ups courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com.

Taylor Decker

Anthony Kuehn can be found on Twitter @KuehnObserve


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