5 Worst-Case Scenarios for Detroit Lions' First-Round Draft Pick

5 Worst-Case Scenarios for Detroit Lions' First-Round Draft Pick

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There are at least a few reasons why bad teams constantly pick early in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Compulsive losing teams in the NFL have a propensity for choosing the flashy prospect over the best fit for the team. Often times teams in the top part of the first round try to fit the players they draft into the team’s scheme.
However, choosing the best top pick for your team is not an exact science. The Lions need to get it right.

5. Taking Big Receiver Over a Slot Guy

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5. Taking Big Receiver Over a Slot Guy

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As enticing as a Mike Evans-Calvin Johnson tandem might sound, every play can’t be a deep fade route in the end zone. Even if Evans is available, wideouts like Odell Beckham Jr. and Marqise Lee should be given precedence because they can complement Johnson—not mirror him.

4. Moving Up to Get Sammy Watkins

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4. Moving Up to Get Sammy Watkins

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I believe Watkins will have the biggest impact of all rookies in his initial season. He fits the mold of a dominant receiver, as he is just as hard to stop with or without the ball and a much better route runner than he is credited. If he were paired with Megatron, the duo would be the most dynamic twosome in the league. Offense is not the problem for Detroit, but if the team is to get to the playoffs, defense should be the first area to address.

3. Drafting CB

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3. Drafting CB

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Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard are by far the two best corners in this draft. The last corner Detroit drafted highly was Darius Slay, and he is fighting for a roster spot. If you are going to draft a corner in the first, he has to have the upside of a Joe Haden or Patrick Peterson. There aren’t a lot of elite corners, and first-round picks are for elite-potential players.

2. Taking O-Lineman Early

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2. Taking O-Lineman Early

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For most teams in the NFL, a lineman is the most difficult position to draft. Even the ones who meet the physical standards, their mental prowess may not be at an adequate level. It’s too big of a question mark to sacrifice a coveted first-round pick.

1. Reaching For QB To Compete With Matthew Stafford

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1. Reaching For QB To Compete With Matthew Stafford

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You either love Stafford or you hate him; there isn’t much middle ground with the fifth-year signal caller. He has shown signs of greatness but most of his career has been mediocre at best. This is a young man with all of the quarterback traits, but he hasn’t put it all together yet. If the Lions draft a quarterback at some point, it sends a definitive message to Stafford.