By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on April 12, 2014
Most of the speculation surrounding the Detroit Lions and the NFL Draft is about who the Lions should select. Mike Evans, Khalil Mack and even Justin Gilbert are favorites to be selected if they were available to Detroit.
However, not enough is being discussed about who the Lions should avoid. Here are my top five players who the Lions should avoid in next month's draft.
Dee Ford definitely has the talent to be one of the top-five pass rushers in this year's draft, but his injury history scares me. Ford had a neck injury that prevented him from competing at the Scouting Combine,
Also, prior to this year, I never heard of Ford. This looks eerily similar to when the Lions selected Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Ford, like Fairley, flashed for one year.
Muck like Ford, Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio's injury history would scare me away. Whether the Lions traded down in the first or if Kouandjio is still available in the second round, his injury history isn't worth a high pick.
Kouandjio failed his physical at the Combine, thus not allowing him to compete. Looking back, Kouandjio struggled against Oklahoma's pass rush in the Sugar Bowl.
I might be nitpicking here, but when Roby was repeatedly burned by Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis last year, it gave me pause. Nothing against Abbrederis, a mid-round receiver in this year's draft, but a first-round corner like Roby shouldn't be giving up 10 receptions for 207 yards to any receiver.
Another piece of nitpicking here: once Urban Meyer's players have reached the NFL, few have panned out, especially on defense.
I was originally sold on Kelvin Benjamin as a possible top-20 pick in the draft, but recent character concerns again give me pause. Recently, Benjamin didn't show up for an interview with an NFL team because he was tired.
I'm sorry, but you just can't do that, and even if he is around late in the first or in the early second round, I wouldn't touch him. Again, Florida State receivers, aside from Anquan Boldin, have been mostly flops.
Even with the loss of Willie Young, the Lions definitely should not consider selecting a defensive lineman for the fourth time in five years. If the Lions selected Barr, the second-best pass rusher in the draft, it would be a mini version of Matt Millen drafting wide receivers in three consecutive drafts.
Also, Barr has only been a defensive end/linebacker for two seasons after being a running back.
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