2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Detroit Lions Should Target With 10th Pick

Detroit Lions Should Target These 5 Players with 10th Pick in 2014 NFL Draft

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Entering the 2014 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions' first priority needs to be addressing their secondary, which had already been a weakness before losing safety Louis Delmas to free agency. However, if there is not a defensive player worthy of being selected with the 10th overall pick, the Lions may choose to continue to add firepower to their offense, which already received a boost from the signing of wide receiver Golden Tate.

5. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

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5. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

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The Lions may look to address the safety position with the 10th pick, and Calvin Pryor is one of two safeties who will be selected in the first round. If the Lions like Pryor more than HaHa Clinton-Dix, they may choose to pull the trigger despite the 10th pick being a little early for Pryor to come off the board. However, the secondary is a huge area of need for the Lions and if they like hard-hitting Pryor enough then this pick would make sense.

4. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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4. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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Eric Ebron is by far the top tight end in the NFL Draft and can be an all-around impact player in the NFL. With outstanding athleticism, the 6-foot-4, 250 pound Ebron has long arms, is an effective blocker and a play-making receiver. Ebron ran two unofficial times of 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine, and had an official time of 4.60 seconds. Ebron can be a difference maker at the next level and should be in play with the 10th pick.

3. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

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3. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

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The best Alabama prospect in this year’s class, HaHa Clinton-Dix is a safe pick who fills a need at safety for the Lions. If Justin Gilbert is off the board, Clinton-Dix may be the best defensive player available that makes sense for the Lions, and they will have to think long and hard about taking him with the 10th pick. Clinton-Dix would contribute right away for the Lions and should be an immediate starter given his experience in the SEC.

2. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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2. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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While the Lions have the greatest wide receiver in football, Calvin Johnson, on one side, and have now added wide receiver Golden Tate, Mike Evans could be in play here to round out a scary aerial attack in Detroit. Evans has exceptional size and length, standing at 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, and shows an outstanding ability to go up over defensive backs to bring in the ball. Evans may be a luxury for the Lions, but he could provide the best value.

1. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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1. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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Justin Gilbert is the undisputed top cornerback in the draft after solidifying his stock with a remarkable combine workout where he ran a 4.37 second 40-yard dash, the fastest time among all defensive backs. The Lions have lacked an impact corner for as long as any fan can remember, and Justin Gilbert would immediately step in as a starter on defense.


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  • bobdd

    The lion’s big need in the secondary is FS not CB. Checkout their roster. They are developing cornerbacks. Where are the Safeties they are developing?