Defensive line may not be a priority for the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL draft, but some would argue that you can never have enough talent in the trenches.
One player they could consider in the third or fourth round is Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, says National Football Post writer Wes Bunting.
The 6-foot-4, 263-pounder registered 92 tackles and 25 sacks in his junior and senior seasons. Despite the strong stats, Bunting says Kerrigan is not well rounded enough to go high in April's draft.
"I think he's an overachiever, and that's not a bad thing," he tells WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit. "There's a lot of successful football players in the NFL that are overachievers. He's going to work hard. He's a motor pass rusher - more of a push-pull guy ... uses his hands pretty well, but he doesn't have a great first step off the edge. He's tight-hipped; he's not going to flatten out around the corner. He's limited in pursuit."
It's not all bad news for Kerrigan, though. It's simply a matter of value. Given some time, Bunting sees the defensive end potentially blossoming into a three-down contributor.
"(Kerrigan) can be a nickel rusher early and, as he develops physically and gets stronger, can become a solid three-down player for you," he says. "But the idea that this is some potential blue- or red-chip guy early in his NFL career that warrants a first-round pick, in my mind, just doesn't make too much sense."