There's not much doubt that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia got their guys on Day 2 of the NFL Draft
The Detroit Lions had to move up to 43rd place to bring Auburn back into the race by Kerry Johnson, who had to give up a fourth-grader pick, and grabbed Louisiana-Lafayette security Tracy Walker in the third, where most had tied him to go 1-2 laps later.
So Johnson and Walker clearly sought the player Lions Brass.
But how were these picks perceived by draft analysts? Here is a summary of the notes that deserve praise for the Johnson Pick:
Chad Reuter, NFL.com: C
"The Lions were so interested in Johnson that they finished the fourth round at eight This is a marginal value, though I expect Johnson to be a good back, Walker was selected two laps earlier than expected, but he has the skills to become a starter in the league. "
Andy Benoit, SI.com : B
"The Lions are determined to bring some life and consistency into a largely non-existent ground game and after returning to Arkansas Center Frank Ragnow in Round 1
" Tavon Wilson, Glover Quin, and Miles Killebrew all found a free agency in 2020. Walker can currently develop behind them, with the understanding that he can participate early in selected packages. Matt Patricia has done a lot with vulnerable groups in New England. You get more schematic flexibility in this way. "
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com
Kerry Johnson:" I love this selection. The lions have their main runner. He will be a great producer on the ground. "Note: A
Tracy Walker:" Matt Patricia likes backend players with versatility and this kid has it. That's a good choice. "Note: B
Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report
" Johnson fits best as a committee that can add some value to the slot, as a return man, and as a trick play threat. He will not hurt the lions as an all-rounder, thanks to his stubborn style, but he can hurt himself. Watch for Johnson to fight for touch with Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah and LeGarrette Blount in a crowded backcourt. "Grade: C +
" Tracy Walker played a hybrid Nickelback-like role for the Ragin Cajuns and was just good enough to be an excellent center-level defender. At the NFL level, he will fight high quality slot receivers and is too much of a dive stick tackler to be effective in run support. Walker is a high-motor player with good instincts, so he's worth a development flyer. This is a bit early for the Lions to take a plane. "Note: C-
Luke Easterling, USA Today
" Another SEC, falling behind in front of the Derrius Guice of LSU, always surprises me with any confirmation of real off-field problems). The Lions need a physical, exhausting runner to make up for this offense, and that's what they get here. Despite his sleeker frame, Johnson delivers a punch and does not shy away from contact. He is the workhorse that needs this act, but Guice would have been a better value. "Note: B
Tracy Walker … Rating: D
Pro Football Weekly
" Bob Quinn is taking his biggest swing as a Lions GM in solving the NFL's worst Rushing attack – and he's joining forces his old buddy Bill Belichick, moving eight places up and sending No. 117 to New England to do that. That's a decent amount to give up, but Johnson is one of the most underrated backs in this class, a really tough runner who wins every inch and is in the shape of first-rounder Frank Ragnow. "Grade: B +
" Good size, small hands, but a bit of skill. Walker started early in his college career, but he did not develop as the Scouts hoped. In fact, a few teams talked about using it with its size as a corner – especially its long arms. His instinct for safety may only be average, but his athleticism is solid. "Note: C
" Still no Derrius Guice? The lions who take Kerryon Johnson make more sense than Guice because of their plan, and he fits better with the kind of player who likes the Bill Belichick tree. Johnson will fit in well with Matthew Stafford, as he will be a great weapon from the backcourt, catching all the passes thrown on or behind the line of scrimmage, a staple of Detroit's attack. I'm not sure the Lions have to play Johnson, but I like that choice. "Class: B +
" Ladies and Gentlemen, our first Millen selection from the second day of the design! Tracy Walker is a late bloomer with good instincts, but he seems more of a specialist. The Lions would have caught Walker safely in the fourth or even fifth round. "Note: Ghost of Millen Strikes Again