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Lions should take a look at Bills' Parrish

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Posted April 09, 2009 @ midnight
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

The reports are out: Roscoe Parrish is on the block.

It's not surprising. He hasn't developed the way the Bills had hoped, and they are chock full of receivers now.

If I am the Lions, I am interested. Yes, I know they don't want to trade draft picks, but Parrish would fill two underrated needs: slot receiver and return man. The Lions need help all over the place -- quarterback, middle linebacker, offensive line, defensive line, you name it. Their depth is sub-par, too.

Snagging Parrish would fill two needs with one roster spot. Right now, it's Adam Jennings and John Standeford as the third and fourth receivers, and that just won't do. True, Parrish is built like Jennings, but he was a street free agent that cost the team little. With the Lions, Parrish would get a chance to earn the third WR role and be a huge upgrade at punt returner, where he has been very good, and even kick returner, where he's not quite as strong.

I think the Lions could send the 174th pick, the first choice in Round Six, to the Bills for Parrish. That sounds low for a former second-rounder, but let's face it. He hasn't panned out to that value.

The one drawback for the Lions is that they would not have a draft pick in that scenario from No. 82 all the way to 192 -- and with a ton of areas to fix. But they would have had five of the top 82 choices at that point, assuming they didn't make any trades, and should have filled some major needs.

Makes sense to me.

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