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Lions draft WR Ryan Broyles in second round, CB Dwight ‘Bill’ Bentley in third

Allen Park— Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz made no apologies Friday after they shocked the second round of the draft and selected Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles with the 54th pick.Broyles, first of all, doesn’t play cornerback, the team’s biggest positional need. They did address that need with their third-round pick — taking Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dwight “Bill” Bentley.Second, Broyles had surgery to repair a torn ACL on Nov. 21. He missed the final four games of his senior season and there is no guarantee he will be ready by the start of training camp — though that is clearly Broyles’ goal.”He was the best player on our board,” Mayhew said. “He is a productive guy — 48 career touchdowns. He fits our offense, really helps our offensive skill. We feel great about the pick.”And we have the luxury of being able to rehab this guy very thoroughly, very carefully and just allow him to get healthy. If this guy was healthy and never got hurt, he would have been gone way before our pick.”Schwartz took it a step further.”There was no other player that tempted us (at this spot in the draft),” he said.That means the Lions rated him higher than cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Josh Robinson; higher than a pass rusher like Vinny Curry or a linebacker like Lavonte David; higher than a running back like LaMichael James or Chris Polk and higher than receiver Rueben Randle.”He can play slot, he can play outside and he can return punts,” Schwartz said. “He’s done all of that and done it at an unprecedented level in college football. You are talking about a guy who would have had more than 50 touchdowns if he hadn’t gotten hurt. He was the second leading receiver in the history of college football in receiving yardage.”He’s a playmaker. He scores touchdowns and we have a good plan for him.”Schwartz said that even though they can take their time with Broyles’ rehab, there are no plans to use next season as a medical redshirt year for him.”Every injury is different, but the predictability with ACLs is a little better,” he said. “He didn’t work out at the combine but he worked at his pro day, just five months removed from surgery. He seems ahead of schedule.”Broyles thinks so, too.”I can’t put a timetable on it,” he said. “I am hitting therapy as hard as I can. I am on pace. I showed a little at the pro day that I am on pace to be ready for training camp. I am back to doing everything normal, all the weight room stuff.”Broyles has had plenty of support throughout the process, including an inspirational email from Patriots receiver Wes Welker.”He reached out to me,” Broyles said. “He told me he had been through the same thing. Just buckle down and you will get through it.”Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew had ACL surgery in November of 2009 and was ready to compete at the start of training camp in 2010.”When they told me I tore my ACL I knew from that point on I had to work,” Broyles said. “I always knew football would be there for me. I am not a guy who’s going to hang his head. I am just blessed to be in this situation right now.”Schwartz understands the concern about shoring up the defensive backfield. But if you didn’t know before you do know – the Lions aren’t going to chase needs at the expense of talented players.”You don’t solve needs by drafting poor players,” he said. “There is a discipline that goes along with this. You have to stick with your philosophy and our philosophy is talent rules the board. This is a talented receiver.”As for Bentley, he looks a lot better on film than he does on paper. On paper, he’s 5-10 and 182 pounds with one of the worst vertical jumps (31.5 inches) of any corner at the combine.On the field, he’s an aggressive, smooth-moving cover corner.”Watching the Senior Bowl, it didn’t take long for Bentley to stand out,” Schwartz said. “He showed great feet and got his hands on a lot of balls. He has really good body control. He has always been able to rise to the level of competition.”Besides his strong showing at the Senior Bowl, he also played well against Oklahoma State and receiver Justin Blackmon.”It’s not about size, it’s about what’s inside of you,” said Bentley, who went to the same high school as Lions cornerback Alphonso Smith. “I always thought I could play. When I get in those situations, I’ve always tried to step up.”Bentley is similar in stature and attitude to another Lions’ corner — Aaron Berry, who will have the first shot at the starting right corner spot vacated by Eric Wright.”When Berry came to training camp and lined up against Calvin Johnson, he was not intimidated,” Schwartz said. “It will be the same kind of thing for Bentley. If he is intimidated, he’s in the wrong business. We don’t think he will be.” Worthy of trading up Green Bay moved up in the second round in order to take Michigan State DL Jerel Worthy with the No. 51 pick overall. The Packers sent the No. 59 overall pick to Philadelphia in the trade, along with a fourth-round pick, the No. 123 overall. The 6-foot-2, 308-pound Worthy had 12 sacks and 27.5 tackles for losses in three seasons for the Spartans. More local ties Tennessee selected Michigan DT Mike Martin in the third-round, 82nd pick overall, while Philadelphia used its third-round pick (88th) to take former Michigan State QB Nick Foles , who transferred to Arizona after his freshman year. Foles passed for 4,334 yards and 28 during his collegiate career. Eye for the Illini The run on Illinois players continued. After DE Whitney Mercilus (Houston, 26th pick overall) and WR A.J. Jenkins (San Francisco, 30th) went in the first round Thursday, Kansas City selected OG Jeff Allen (44th) and New England took S Tavon Wilson (48th) with their second-round picks.

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