NFL Draft Review: Detroit Lions

Welcome to my 2014 NFL Draft breakdown.
I love the Draft, it comes around my birthday, ESPN puts baseball back where it belongs, in segment 3, and it means the NFL year has started.
So lets go down the NFL Rosters and see how it went for each team.

Round 1    Pick 10Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron     TE    North Carolina

What I said then: Ebron is playing the too Cool and I’m on the phone card. He’s from UNC, so he’s awesome, but still. He’s a HUGE upgrade over Pettigrew.
I’m ok with the pick, since he can get open in the middle, and let Megatron run around without both safeties after him. He very well could be another Jimmy Graham, as such as another wideout.
I kinda can see the pick, but I don’t think it was the BEST pick.

What I think now: I’m a little torn. He needs to work on his blocking, but on the other hand, if I’m a Lions fan, do I WANT him blocking? I don’t think so. Still a great player, but I think the Lions had bigger needs.

Round 2    Pick 40
Kyle Van Noy     LB    BYU

This pick could be awesome, he looks to make contact and make stuff happen. He’s not the fastest guy, but he is going to see the feild a lot, and should be starting really quickly. Speaking of Quick, THIS GUY has a good first step, and will be better than you think he would be in coverage. He doesn’t have top-level speed, but enough to stay near most Tight-Ends.

Round 3    Pick 76
Travis Swanson     C    Arkansas

I like this one, he’s not the strongest guy out there, but has a good first step, good hand movement and will start by the end of mini-camp.

Round 4 Pick 133
Nevin Lawson     CB    Utah State

Bit of a reach, but has good closing speed, and decent speed. I do think he can play in the NFL, but his size and top speed may cause some problems, but he could be a solid player for a long time.

Round 4 Pick 136
Larry Webster III     DE    Bloomsburg

REACH. He’s huge (6’6 250) but I don’t know where he plays and how often. He’s fairly quick, so he might be a good project down the road.

Round 5    Pick 158
Caraun Reid     DT    PrincetonReid

Going to move inside, has good speed and was pretty dominant in a minor conference. Good speed, power and agility. Should be interesting to see how he looks on the NFL level. Might be cut, might be a starter.

Round 6    Pick 189
T. J. Jones     WR    Notre Dame

Going to be an underneath guy, not the biggest or the fastest guy, but does have very good footwork. I can see him getting on the feild quite often, since he does have a good route tree. Another one of the catch and falldown guys, but a solid pick at this level.

Round 7    Pick 229
Nate Freese     K    Boston College 

Never pick a kicker. Freese has a very good leg, and in the Dome of Detroit, could be a monster since he’s not putting up with the wind.

No. 40: From Seattle through Minny, Seattle traded this selection along with their fifth round selection (146th) to Detroit in exchange for Detroit’s second, fourth and seventh round selections (45th, 111th & 227th)
No. 146: Detroit traded this selection to Dallas in exchange for Dallas’ fifth and seventh round selections (158th & 229th)

Overall: Not a fan of this draft, I think they had bigger needs, Van Noy is going to be worth watching, and Ebron could be really special. The also got a starting Center in my mind- What? ILB, TE and C wasn’t the biggest needs? Exactly. I’m not sure the Lions will regret this draft in the coming years, but I don’t think it helped as much as a draft should a team with this kind of GLARING needs. Why take a TE this early when you just spent all the money on resigning Pettigrew? Oh well.

Free Agents: Detroit Lions
Chad Abram FB Florida State
Alex Bullard G Tennessee
Jerome Couplin DB Williams & Mary
James Franklin QB  Missouri
Justin Jackson LB Wake Forest
Cornelius Lucas T Kansas State
Gabe Lynn DB Oklahoma
Jacob Maxwell TE Louisiana Lafayette
D.J. Morrell G Old Dominion
Andrew Peacock WR Appalachian State
Mohammed Seisay DB Nebraska

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1 Comment

  1. Ebron makes a potent offense even better but you’re right. They had bigger needs at #10.

    Other than that this is a solid draft.

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