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Detroit Lions take center Travis Swanson

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The Lions finished off their second day of the 2014 NFL Draft by taking center Travis Swanson out of Arkansas with the 76th overall pick. The secondary still needs work, but at least now the Lions have their center of the future.

Of course, it isn't the future. It's the present. Dominic Raiola is still around, but he is getting up there in age. He probably has one more season in him. That means Swanson will likely be a backup this year, and take over next year. That's fine, because Swanson may need some work.

Swanson started every game of his college career at an SEC school, so he has experience, and he was a finalist in 2013 for the Rimington award, which goes to the best center in college football. He's considered tough and smart and gritty and such, but that's an often coded way of saying that they aren't terribly talented. Also, if often is coding for being white, but that's another matter.

In particular, his pass protection is considered a concern, but that's where a year as a backup could work out. Swanson can work on his blocking, which if he is a harder worker I'm sure he will, and then next year he can be a good center, and hopefully a good center going forward.

Detroit still has questions about their defense, but this is a pretty good pick all in all.


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