On Monday while Detroit Lions fans were dreaming of the playoffs, the draft guru’s at ESPN were thinking about the 2014 NFL draft. Although you may feel a little dirty clicking on a post about the NFL Draft while the Lions still have a chance to make the playoffs, it is still worth seeing what may be ahead for the Lions in 2014.
Tood McShay projects in his Mock draft 1.0 that the Lions will pick #15 and select WR from USC Marqise Lee. Wide Receiver might seem to be a luxury pick when there are so many needs in the defensive backfield but McShay says Lee might be too good to pass up.
The Lions could consider a cornerback here, but in this scenario with a top-10 talent dropping to No. 15, and Detroit needing a No. 2 receiver, Lee could be too tempting to pass up. Lee’s game is built on speed, and he’s a big-play threat as both a vertical route runner and with the ball in his hands. No, the Lions haven’t had the best of luck with first-round WRs outside of Calvin Johnson, but when you consider that they have a QB in Matthew Stafford who excels as a downfield passer and they could open things up even more with a speed threat opposite Megatron, this pick begins to make a lot of sense.
It is interesting that despite the interceptions a national pundit still thinks of Matthew Stafford excels at passing downfield. Other than that his reasoning makes sense only if the Lions repair their holes in the defensive backfield before the draft.