Lions Moving Riley Reiff to OG Could Affect Bucs Draft Plans

By: Justin Pawlowski

Last year, the Detroit Lions spent a 1st round draft pick on Riley Reiff, an offensive tackle out of Iowa. A year later, it appears as if the Lions might already be shifting Reiff around.

According to Ian Rapaport of NFL Network, the Lions are “considering” playing Riley Reiff at guard in 2013.

Obviously, Reiff was drafted to be the Lions left tackle for the foreseeable future, and with starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus set for free agency, the Lions find themselves in big need of protection for Matthew Stafford.

With the 5th overall pick in April’s draft, the Lions could be in prime position to draft one of the top offensive tackles available this year.  With Eric Fisher coming from Central Michigan, there might be a natural match between the two with the 5th overall pick.

HINT: my mock draft is coming soon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans might ask themselves how the Lions interest in an offensive tackle might affect the Buccaneers.  Well, take into account that the Lions face some of the same glaring needs that the Bucs face on the defensive side of the ball.

The Lions are in big need of a cornerback, but with Cliff Avril also destined for free agency, the Lions could look to a pass rusher at defensive end.

If the Lions end up drafting an offensive tackle, the Bucs might then see either a cornerback (Dee Milliner) or a defensive end (Ziggy Ansah) slide closer to their pick at 13.


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