Many believed that guard and first-round pick
Not so fast.
Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.
"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."
Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.
There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran
"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."
Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation.
The Lions pick up two fifth-rounders and Ramirez, who earned a negative grade from Pro Football Focus in both pass blocking and run blocking last season. He can slot in at either guard or center for the Lions.
The Broncos, who were predicted by some to focus on adding offensive-line talent in the draft, instead move up to grab Ray, who was one of the top-rated pass rushers during the predraft process but was cited for marijuana possession earlier this week, causing him to fall down some team's draft boards.
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