5 Potential First-Round Scenarios For The Detroit Lions
2014 Detroit Lions' Potential 1st-Round Moves
The Detroit Lions' 2013 season was disappointing at the finish. Now comes the best part of any Lions' fans season: the offseason. Detroit did plenty to reverse the ills of 2013 by firing Jim Schwartz and hiring a proven winner in Jim Caldwell. While there are plenty of pieces in Detroit, there are still various needs that the team has to address.
The Lions currently hold the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 draft, and the team has many areas of concern that they need to address throughout every round. But the focus here is only on the No. 10 overall pick that the team currently has and the different scenarios they could address.
Throughout Calvin Johnson's tenure, the Lions have lacked a dynamic No. 2 receiver. Players like Kris Durham and Nate Burleson can't get the job done, and quarterback Matthew Stafford has struggled without Johnson in the lineup. The Lions could also use a center to eventually replace the aging Dominic Raiola, but that could happen later in the draft.
On defense, the secondary is still a major concern. When you can say that Chris Houston has been your best corner for the last four years it's not a very good statement to make. The Lions have lacked a shutdown corner since the days of Lem Barney over 40 years ago. Linebacker is also another need as the team should find a player who could play alongside Stephen Tulloch and Deandre Levy. Finally, the kicking situation in 2013 was a disaster. While punter Sam Martin was a rookie, he didn't perform like a fifth-round punter. David Akers, the Lions' replacement for Jason Hanson, had a subpar season and is not getting any younger.
Despite the many concerns and needs that Detroit has to address, the Lions were a solid pick to win the NFC North in 2013. Yet after a 1-6 finish, the Lions are back where they started. This year’s draft, like the many before, can get Detroit closer to catching the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.Brian Kalchik is a writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter, like him on Facebook and connect with him on Google.
5. Trade Up for Sammy Watkins
The Lions have desperately needed a bona fide No. 2 receiver for what seems like six years now. Kris Durham and Nate Burleson are quality players, but they can't hold up on their own without Johnson.
The Lions' pull their version of the Julio Jones trade and find another go to receiver in Watkins. He is the second best player of this entire draft and will form a Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne like duo with Calvin Johnson that Caldwell had with the Indianapolis Colts.
4. Trade Back for HaHa Clinton Dix
Safety is another need for the Lions, although not as major as receiver and corner. Louis Delmas, the incumbent at safety, is either hurt too much or is a liability in coverage.
Here, the Lions would move on and find their safety of the future in Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix to pair with free agent Glover Quin. The Lions would trade back here, grab some extra picks and could draft more players or use these picks to trade up for another star.
3. Stand Pat and Hope Either Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack Fall to 10
Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack are two of the best pass rushers in this year's draft behind Jadeveon Clowney.
While Barr and Mack could be gone before No. 10, weird things have happened before so the Lions shouldn't abandon this scenario just yet. Either Barr or Mack would complete a very solid linebacking corps.
2. Stay Put and Select Darqueze Dennard
The Lions haven't had a shutdown cornerback since the days of Lem Barney some 40 years ago.
Darqueze Dennard is an in-state athlete who has excelled on a very talented Michigan State defense. While I like Justin Gilbert more than Dennard, it would not surprise me to see the Lions taking Dennard here.
1. Stay Put and Take Mike Evans
The top priority has to be upgrading the receiving corps around Calvin Johnson. In the two games when Johnson was out, the remaining receivers proved that they are not capable of carrying the load.
Adding arguably the second best receiver in the draft in Mike Evans would give Matthew Stafford another big target to throw to. Although Evans is immature from time to time, learning from the best in the game in Johnson would get him back on track.