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Dan Orlovsky Begs Lions GM Not to Repeat Same Mistake

David Kaestle
Dan Orlovsky wants Lions to avoid mistakes from the past.
Dan Orlovsky wants Lions to avoid mistakes from the past. / Twitter: @danorlovsky7

With the 2021 NFL Draft quickly approaching, teams across the league outside of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets are still trying to determine which player to use their first-round pick on. Most teams in the top 10 have multiple holes on the roster that need to be addressed. After all, that's why they're picking in the top 10.

The Detroit Lions are one of those teams, currently slated to pick No. 7, and they have more holes on their roster than a sinking ship.

Dan Orlovsky, current ESPN NFL analyst and former Detroit Lions QB, has a warning for his old team though. A grave mistake he hopes they avoid.

With a skill position group among the worst in the NFL and almost no marketable stars on the team, Orlovsky fears the Lions will fall into the trap of going after the flashy pick of a wide receiver at No. 7, like DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle or Ja'Marr Chase. However, the former QB points out, history proves that's not how you build a winning franchise.

He suggests the Lions should instead invest in the foundation, going after an offensive lineman, specifically Penei Sewell if he's still on the board, which many project he will be, and if he isn't, trade back and collect even more draft picks.

Look at the Lions' own history. Names like Charles Rodgers, Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson, all selected with high first-round draft picks by the Lions. And while the later was just about as good a receiver as the league has ever seen, none of them ultimately brought winning football to Detroit.

It would be wise for the Lions to change things up this year and listen to a guy that knows the franchise and the game inside and out.

After all, it's not as if things could get any worse.

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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.