Day 2 (Rounds 2 & 3) of the 2014 NFL Draft will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9. The Detroit Lions have the 13th pick of the second round (45th overall) and the 12th pick of the third round (76th overall).
In my final mock draft, I have the Lions choosing Anthony Barr (UCLA) with the 10th-overall pick.
The Lions draft a much-needed pass rusher in the first round, leaving an array of options for the 45th-overall pick. Detroit’s top-three needs at this point include; defensive back, wide receiver and center.
Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois) and Deone Bucannon (Washington State) are the top two safeties on the board, following HaHa Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor.
The addition of Golden Tate gives Detroit some flexibility when addressing the wide receiver position in this year’s draft.
I believe the top-seven receivers will already be taken at this point (Allen Robinson, Penn State and Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss being the last two drafted), leaving Cody Latimer (Indiana) and Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) available.
Detroit could also use a center as Dominic Raiola is likely to retire following this season. Marcus Martin (USC) and Weston Richburg (Colorado State) are both likely to be available.
Round 2, Pick 13 (45th overall). Marcus Martin, C, USC
The Lions offensive line was a major strength in 2013 but Raiola is nearing the end of his career and with his previous experience playing guard, Detroit could use a player of Martin’s caliber for insurance purposes.
On top of becoming Raiola’s eventual replacement, Martin provides quality depth to the Lions interior line; satisfying two of the Lions’ needs
Aside from wide receiver and defensive back, the Lions could entertain the thought of drafting a tight end or defensive lineman in the third round.
Ego Ferguson (DT, LSU) should be on the board for Detroit in the third round, however, his one-career sack and previous injuries are both red flags.
The talent at tight end in this year’s class is extremely top-heavy and will be running thin at this point in the draft.
Unless Dri Archer (RB/WR, Kent State) is available, it’s likely that the Lions will wait until the fourth round to address the receiver position.
Round 3, Pick 12 (76th overall). Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State
The Lions have openly expressed interest in Brooks after meeting with him at the combine. He’s comparable to former Lions safety Louis Delmas in the sense that he doesn’t shy away from the line of scrimmage.
Brooks, a former cornerback with 4.4 speed, has the ability to cover slot receivers as a hybrid safety. A great combination of speed and physicality will allow Brooks to become a playmaker in the NFL.
Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin enjoys defensive backs that he can use in a variety of roles, making Brooks a perfect fit for what this Lions secondary needs.
Round 1, Pick 10. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Round 2, Pick 13. Marcus Martin, C, USC
Round 3, Pick 12. Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State