Detroit Lions Draft
Hey everyone, this is my first post on the board, kind of exciting.
As the NFL Draft is just over a week away, I figured I would make a little preview for who the Detroit Lions could select in their various rounds.
Detroit Lions Picks:
Rd. 1 (#16)
Rd. 2 (#46)
Rd. 3 (#95)
Rd. 4 (#111)
Rd. 5 (#151, #169)
Rd. 6 (#191, #202, #210)
Rd. 7 (#236)
Areas of Need For Detroit:
OT, DT, DE, WR, C, SS for potential upgrades/starters
WR, CB, LB, QB, S for depth picks
Round 1: #16 possibilities
Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley – likely would be the best option for the Lions here, as he’s a very high caliber LT who could step in almost immediately and push Reiff out to RT. Doubtful he’ll be available.
Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins – Could see some snaps immediately depending on health of Ngata and Walker, but a quick-twitch defensive tackle who could play either the 1-tech, or 3-tech in various fronts.
Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell – needs no introduction, but even with the signing of Marvin Jones, the Lions could use another high caliber receiver to add to the mix. Might be too good to pass up, questionable with injury though.
Clemson DE Shaq Lawson – With only Ansah and Devin Taylor on the edge, Detroit may feel the need to go DE right away and Lawson would likely be the top option at that point.
Ohio State LT Taylor Decker – I may get crucified for saying this (as he’s a Buckeye) but I would love to see Decker on the Lions. May not be an immediate LT, but capable of being a high-caliber, starting Tackle fairly quickly.
Round 2: #46 possibilities
Texas A&M LT Germain Ifedi – has the potential to be one of the best OT’s in the entire draft but has slightly sloppy technique that would need to be cleaned up. If he falls to this spot, Lions should definitely take him.
Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah – If the Lions don’t take a DE in round 1, then Ogbah would be a solid second round pick. Built to play immediately in the NFL.
Baylor DT Andrew Billings – incredibly powerful, run-plugging DT who could see some immediate minutes for Detroit. Question is if he’s still on the board at this point.
Notre Dame C Nick Martin – Personally, I think Swanson is an ok center, but not great, nor likely to be, if Martin is available he would be a good addition to the OL.
West Virginia SS Karl Joseph – Even with the signings of Rafael Bush, Tavon Wilson and several other DBs, the Lions could still be looking for another safety and Joseph is one of the best in the draft.
Round 3: #95 possibilities, Round 4: #111 possibilities
Since these picks are only about 15 picks apart, they are close enough that some of the same players may be available in either spot. So I’ll mention 7 total instead of 5 for each pick
Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo – Pretty much the only competent thing to come out of Rutgers recently. Could be a steal.
LSU FS Jalen Mills – Although Detroit is more likely to look for a strong safety than a free safety than strong, Mills is an athletic coverage safety who could be useful against pass-happy teams.
Arizona LB Scooby Wright – An instinctive, relentless tackling machine for RichRod, Wright could provide some depth at LB, maybe even contend for a starting role fairly soon.
Southern Utah SS Miles Killebrew – Personally is my favorite prospect for this spot, a physical safety who hits hard. At a minimum would likely be a great special teams player in year one.
Stanford OT Kyle Murphy – Definitely is a RT as opposed to LT. Fairly similar to Riley Reiff in that sense. A strong tackle with a quick first step, lacks athleticism to play against elite DE’s in the NFL.
Nebraska DT Maliek Collins – highly athletic, quick defensive tackle who would be a decent 3rd down interior rusher. Would need to add strength to be more effective against the run.
Notre Dame CB KeiVarae Russell – though he had some academic issues at ND and wasn’t able to return, Russell is very athletic and projects to be a skilled cover corner. Could be a steal.
Round 5: #151, 169 possibilities
same as before…7 possibilities.
USC CB Kevon Seymour – fast, athletic corner who would likely be an immediate special teams contributor.
Western Michigan OT Willie Beavers – Could be a really good LT someday but not likely to see time early.
Missouri C Evan Boehm – strong, drive-blocking center. Not likely to overtake Swanson right away, if at all.
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan – at the QBs could potentially go he may not even be there, but would be a good developmental project to take.
Penn State DE Anthony Zettell – uses hands well, could be a solid back-up, maybe even rotational player with a year or two.
Stanford LB Blake Martinez –aggressive LB who was very productive in college. Solid depth pick.
Michigan DT Willie Henry – could reasonably go anywhere from Round 2 to Round 6…who knows.
Round 6: #191, #202, #210 possibilities, Round 7: #236 possibilities
Just going to list 12 prospects, no evaluation.
Florida State DT Nile-Lawrence Stample
Baylor OT Spencer Drango
South Carolina OT Brandon Schell
Clemson SS Jayron Kearse
Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty
Kansas State CB Morgan Burns
Maryland DT Quinton Jefferson
Massachusetts WR Tajae Sharp
Colorado WR Nelson Spruce
Iowa C Austin Blythe
Arkansas OG Denver Kirkland
Minnesota LB De’Vondre Campbell
1- LT Taylor Decker (OSU)
2- SS Karl Joseph (WVU)
3- WR Leontee Carroo (Rutgers)
4- DT Maliek Collins (Nebraska)
5- OT Willie Beavers (WMU)
5- QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford)
6- SS Jayron Kearse (Clemson)
6- DT Nile-Lawrence Stample
6- C Austin Blythe (Iowa)
7- LB De'Vondre Campbell (Minnesota)
Not super happy the Lions went TE at #10 last night. I know he's a good player, but definitely not a position of need, nor the best player available at the time.
We know CB is a position of need, but doesn't look like there is a CB prospect worthy of the Lions' second round pick (45th) overall. Seemingly the best CB prospect right now is a guy out of Utah, Keith McGill.
28. Keith McGill, CB, Utah
Hot 100 rank: 58
In addition to his height, McGill (6-foot-3 1/8, 213 pounds) has long arms (33 inches) and big hands (10 inches). He had 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups in 2013 and played well at the Senior Bowl. One question for him is why he didn't have more interceptions at Utah (one in two seasons).
I'm not sold on Mr. McGill but not sure where the Lions will look next.
Who do you WANT the Lions to take in the 2nd round and beyond, and who do you THINK the Lions will actually (inexplicably?) take?
The Lions will select 10th overall in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft. What the Detroit Lions do with that pick will be very important because they have a few holes to fill. The right choice could help the Lions finally get back to the playoffs. When talking about the head coaching vacancies in the NFL, everyone says the Lions job is by far the best one. It will be important for the next coach to come in and start winning right away, because this Lions team is built to win now. This draft could be huge for the new coach, because of the talent and the players they could get to fill some of those holes.
The Detroit Lions need to address certain issues in the draft. I think the biggest needs are at wide receiver, defensive back, outside linebacker, and then offensive line. Most importantly, the Lions need to find someone productive to put opposite of Calvin Johnson. Johnson is a work horse, but he keeps taking a beating and eventually he will start missing more time than he already has. The next most important thing the Lions need to cover is a defensive back. The Lions went out and signed Glover Quin last off-season, which was probably their biggest free agency signing in a while. So the staff knows that they need help in the secondary. They can not just stop with the signing of Quin though, because they still need help in the backfield.
What do you guys think? Who should the Lions draft? Who is the best option? It would be nice if Sammy Watkins would drop to the Lions.
Per Adam Schefter's twitter,
Filed to ESPN: Three way trade -- Eagles get LB Ernie Sims, Lions get TE Tony Scheffler, Broncos get undisclosed draft pick.
My guess is probably around a fourth round pick considering Scheffler was not a high pick.
Don't know how I feel about getting rid of Sims
Why does everyone keep saying the Lions had a shitty draft? They picked the TOP RATED QB, the TOP RATED TE, and THE TOP RATED DB. They picked up a OLB and a DT in the later rounds. They can't fix all the holes at once, and one must realize it is going to take at least another year or so to get all the talent they need to be a legit contender. Overall I think they did great. They can pick up a few OL next year. Then some more defensive players. They did fine and can't wait to see what they do in a few years.
Pettigrew can catch and block. That is the joy of this TE. He can help in the run and in the pass game.