The Detroit Lions experienced another terrible second half and missed the playoffs in an NFC North that was ripe for the taking.
7-9, 3rd NFC North
Draft picks (by round)
- Round 1 – 10
- Round 2 – 13
- Round 3 – 12
- Round 4 – 11
- Round 4 – 33
- Round 4 – 36
- Round 6 – 13
Lions 2014 NFL Draft Predictions
Need #1. Other than QB they could probably stand to upgrade nearly everywhere on the field and getting someone who could take a little attention away from Calvin Johnson, and newly signed Golden Tate would not be such a bad idea. On the defensive side of the ball the have to upgrade their secondary.
They have invested a lot of top picks recently on the defensive line and they need to start upgrading this area big time in this passing driven league. Especially with the Packers and Bears having very good passing offenses right now.
Top Pick Target
CB Justin Gilbert – I fell in love with the Oklahoma State product over the last couple of season. He is big and fast but more importantly has great ball skills and a sense of the moment too.
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He is definitely one of those guys who is fastest on game days and sees CB as an attacking position.
He is the best rated CB on the board and the Lions may draft high enough to get him as a cornerstone for that secondary.
Other potential gets
FS Jonathan Dowling – Don’t get too caught up in the fact that this guy was playing at Western Kentucky.
He started his career at Florida where he was one of the best prep players in the country before running into some troubles. He needs to add strength and improve his tackling but he is 6’3” and definitely has good ball skills.
He can cover a lot of ground and can body up with long receivers if you want to play man in the nickel or dime. Drafting a couple of players for the secondary might not be a bad idea.
LB Trent Murphy – Sometimes the more you produce in college the less potential you show for the pros. In the case of Murphy he has shown that he can get after passers while playing in a league that has high quality competition. He has the right size and is not slow but nobody thinks he is going to get any better.
I would be happy to find a guy who can collect 8-10 sacks every year and is a pro and I think a team like Detroit would be too. Not every pick has to have “upside”.
TE Colt Lyerla – The Lions could stand to upgrade at TE as Brandon Pettigrew seems to have reached his ceiling. Whoever plays the position is going to see a lot of favourable coverages and Lyerla has enough wiggle to make some big plays.
He is not a mauler as a blocker but this is a pass first offense.
I think he will be be a better pro than a collegian as long as he doesn’t get himself into trouble.
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