NEW YORK, New York (Detroit Free Press) - The Detroit Lions addressed the offensive line in the first round of the NFL draft.
With the 23rd pick in Thursday night's draft, the team took Iowa offensive lineman Riley Reiff.
Reiff, 6-foot-5 3/4 and 313 pounds, was the first player from the Big Ten selected in tonight's draft.
He started all 13 games of his sophomore and junior seasons, respectively, at left tackle. He was named to the All-Big Ten team by the coaches and the media. He left Iowa after his junior year to enter the NFL draft.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was joined on the stage at Radio City Music Hall with new 'Madden' coverman and Lions star Calvin Johnson, who announced the selection.
Detroit has re-signed left tackle Jeff Backus, who is 34, this offseason and might groom Reiff to perhaps replace 27-year-old Gosder Cherilus, who was its previous offensive lineman taken in the first round. Cherilus was selected 17th overall in 2008 by former general manager Matt Millen and has had an inconsistent career.
The other starting offensive linemen are 33-year-old center Dominic Raiola, 30-year-old guard Stephen Peterman and 28-year-old guard Rob Sims.
Detroit had its lowest first-round pick since 1992 when it drafted Robert Porcher 26th overall. The franchise ended its 11-year playoff drought last season with its first 10-win season since 1995.