Here are 10 building blocks for Lions
Even though the Lions are on the brink of infamy, Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson thinks they have at least 10 players to build around.
Originally Published: December 18, 2008By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
Building Blocks in Detroit
Check out the other eight Detroit players Matt Williamson thinks the team should build around. Insider
1. WR Calvin Johnson, 23 years oldIf I had to choose one skill player in the league to build a team around right now, it would be a three-horse race between Johnson, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and Texans WR Andre Johnson. Calvin Johnson is very talented and it shouldn't be a shock if he is considered the best player at his position by this time next year. Whoever comes in to coach this team must feature this rare player.
2. LOLB Ernie Sims, 23 years oldHe is the Lions' second-leading tackler and the prototypical weakside linebacker in the Tampa 2 system, ala Derrick Brooks. Sims is explosive and tenacious, but isn't a well-known commodity or household name. He has the leadership skills required to rejuvenate this dreadful defense.
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