Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) waits for the snap against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Recent Signings By Detroit Lions Provide Hint At 2014 NFL Draft Strategy

The Detroit Lions added two new members to the defensive backfield yesterday when they signed Aaron Hester and Nate Ness. Both players have limited NFL experience but their signings are telling.

Ness and Hester join a group of corners that include Rashean Mathis, Chris Houston, Darius Slay, Chris Greenwood, Bill Bently and Jonte Green.  Obviously not all of these players will make the final roster when training camp concludes in August.  So with so many players in the mix it is unlikely that the Lions will not add another rookie to complicate issues.

So who will the Detroit Lions pick when they pick #10 in the 2014 NFL draft?

That is also hard to figure because the Lions have been linked to every top prospect in the draft fueling speculation that they could trade up to get any one of them.

But by looking at the Detroit Lions offseason free agent signings you might be able to get a hint at their 2014 NFL draft strategy.

Recently Lions fans have been clamoring for the services of draft prospect Sammy Watkins. But Jim Caldwell said Golden Tate was signed to be the #2 receiver in the Lions offense.  The Lions are unlikely to trade up for a WR just to put him at #3.

The Detroit Lions also signed free agent safety James Ihedigbo.  Ihedigobo joins Don Carey and Glover Quinn in the defensive backfield. Rashean Mathis can also play safety and could serve as a swing player to add more depth. It is possible the Lions could draft a safety but they are more likely to trade down than up to acquire one.

There is a position of need the Lions have not addressed in the off-season.


Of course anything can happen on NFL Draft day. But with Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr hovering in the top 10, linebacker is the position the Detroit Lions will most likely address at # 10.


Tags: Aaron Hester Anthony Barr Detroit Lions Golden Tate James Ihedigbo Khalil Mack Nate Ness

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