2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 2 Prospects the Detroit Lions Must Target

5 Day 2 Prospects to Target in 2014 NFL Draft

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On day two of the NFL Draft the Lions will pick in the second round at No. 45 overall and in the third round at No. 76 overall. Last year, the Lions used their second round pick on cornerback Darius Slay, who received mixed reviews. However, Detroit hit a home run with 2013 third round pick Larry Warford who excelled at right guard. The Lions will again look to bolster their secondary on day two of the 2014 NFL Draft.

5. Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

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5. Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

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Deone Bucannon has an ideal combination of size and speed for a safety. Standing at 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, Bucannon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, while also impressing on the bench press. In addition, Bucannon excelled in his vertical and broad jumps, and finished third among safeties in the three cone drill. Bucannon led the Pac-12 in tackles and brings a physical mentality to the field.

4. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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4. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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If Jason Verrett is still on the board when the Lions pick in the second round, it would be difficult to imagine them passing on him despite his size at 5-foot-9, 189 pounds. Verrett explodes out of his breaks with incredible instincts and anticipation, leading to his selection as co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Verrett ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and had 14 passes defended with two interceptions in 2013.

3. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

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3. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

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In three seasons as a starter for Northern Illinois, Jimmie Ward totaled 300 tackles with 11 interceptions. He is aggressive in run support and quickly breaks on passes. Ward excels as a tackler, but does not have high-end speed, giving him limitations in man-coverage. At 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, Ward does not possess ideal size for a safety, but his production on the field suggests he can start at strong safety in the NFL.

2. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

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2. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

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Adding Jordan Matthews to the Lions’ offensive attack would almost be unfair. With Golden Tate in the slot, 6-foot-2, 209 pound Jordan Matthews would be a perfect complement on the opposite side of Calvin Johnson.

Matthews does everything well. He’s a tough and physical player who has exceptional hands, giving him the ability to make the most difficult catches. Matthews dominated the SEC in 2013 with 112 receptions, 1,477 yards and seven TDs.

1. Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State

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1. Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State

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Terrence Brooks was the fastest safety at the combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds. Brooks also tied for the best vertical jump at 38 inches. With long limbs and a lean, athletic build, Brooks is fluid and smooth in the defensive backfield. He has the upside to be a starter in the NFL, but can be an inconsistent tackler with his aggressive mentality. At his worst, Brooks should be an excellent special teams player.


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