The Detroit Lions once again have a top 10 pick. Not exactly where they hoped to be after a disappointing 2013 season. However the Lions have a lot of options at # 10 including trading up or down depending on the circumstance.
The latest rumors have them trading up into the top five to grab Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins. but some draft guru’s speculate that the best the Lions can do is to trade down and acquire two players that can fill holes in the defense.
If the Lions select at number 10 they will likely have the top choice of cornerbacks, safeties and possibly linebacker. That could include prospects like Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert, Anthony Barr or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Seems like a win-win situation for the Lions. That said we all know as fans that no one can turn a win-win situation into a lose-lose faster the our beloved boys in Honalulu Blue.
Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Picks
1st Round - 10th overall – TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina
He was the second best offensive player on Detroit draft board. So when he fell to 10 they could resist. Eric Ebron is an elite athletic talent that can play both TE and WR ala New Orleans Jimmy Graham.
2nd Round - 8th (40th overall from Vikings) OLB – Kyle Van Noy – Brigham Young
The Lions trade up in the second round to nab Kyle Van Noy. He is versitale and can play inside and outside linebacker. Will help as a rush linebacker.
3rd Round – 12th (76th overall) C – Travis Swanson - Arkansas
The Lions needed an future center and they think they got one here. Travis Swanson can play behind Dominic Raioloa and learn the zone blcoking schemes in the pass heavy Lions offense.
4th Round -
33rd Compensatory Pick (133 overall) CB – Nevin Lawson – Utah State
Getting a corner here was too little too late. Mayhew said he wanted a development project. This qulaifies.
36rd Compensatory Pick (136 overall) DE – Larry Webster – Bloomsburg
A former basketball player. Great size and quickness. Another development project.
5th Round – Pick 18 (158 overall for cowboys) DT – Caraun Reid – Princeton
Depth pick for the defensive line. He probably won’t figure much into the defense this season. But if he develops could help replace Suh or Fairly in 2015.
6th round – 13th (189 overall) WR – TJ Jones – Notre Dame
Depending on who you believe, Jones will either be a special teams contributor or a contender for the slot receiver spot.
7th Round - 12th (227 overall) K – Nate Freese – Boston College
Was 20 of 20 for the Eagles last season.
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