The Detroit Lions followed up their 5th overall pick with another defensive end, Devin Taylor with th2 No. 132 pick of the fourth round. He’s massive — at 6-foot-7, 266 lbs. with an an arm length of 36” — and ran a very impressive 4.72 forty-yard dash. He followed that up by displaying his quickness and change of direction quickness. The Lions obviously love the 20-yard shuttle for defensive ends. Ezekiel Ansah — the teams first round draft pick, placed placed first followed by the Lions fourth round selection Devin Taylor.
Bleacher Reports lead draft analyst Sigmund Bloom weighed in on Taylor.
Taylor is a tall, long-limbed defensive end who disrupts passing lanes as well as anyone in this class. He moves relatively well for his body type, and can change direction much better than a 6’7″ defensive end should be able to.
He is stout at the point of attack against the run, and Taylor usually creates some pressure from the outside on passing downs. Taylor has a good motor and awareness, so he’ll get in on plays when he is initially defeated, or when they go away from his side of the field. He’s also a rare defensive end who has multiple pick sixes in his collegiate career.
With the uncertainty at defensive end — after releasing Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson signing elsewhere — the Lions needed to add depth. With this move, they bring in depth and upside to their defensive front.