While sunshine evades the month of May, another source of warmth is on its way. The 2014 NFL Draft is a day away, and I say, that is a reason to celebray. Ok, I’m done with the rhymay.
After a few free agent signings, a boatload of draft visits and a million mock drafts, the Detroit Lions’ wishlist is a bit clearer than it was back in March. And with an extra couple weeks to confuse ourselves, an unprecedented May mock draft is here for patient Detroit fans.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, FS
-New addition James Ihedigbo should not be considered a starting free safety. He is strong against the run but suspect against the pass. Clinton-Dix would get immediate playing time on passing downs and would eventually supplant Ihedigbo for the starting gig this season.
1. Trade up for Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR. The rumors are overwhelming, and one can’t help but wonder how potent the Lions’ offense would become. Is the trade price to steep? The Jaguars seem unsatisfied with what the Lions are offering, but maybe the Browns, at pick number four, accept a deal?
2. Draft Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, CB. The Lions have not had a true shutdown cornerback since Lem Barney in the 70s. The Lions draft Dennard if they think he can lead the secondary.
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, WR
– I am in love with this guy. With a perfect blend of decent size, plus speed and glue for hands, what is not to like? If he does not fall to the Lions, consider a bevy other wide receivers with this pick.
1. If the Lions don’t get Ha Ha in the first, what about safety Jimmie Ward with their second rounder? Though a bit undersized, the Northern Illinois product is a speedy ball-hawk in the open field. A fantastic coverage safety, Ward would split duties Ihedigbo rather splendidly.
2. Take Kyle Van Noy, BYU, OLB. The Lions could use another play-making linebacker. Ashlee Palmer is not shabby, but he is not a special player. Van Noy is solid in pass coverage and brings speed off the edge.
Marcus Roberson, Florida, CB
– Roberson is a rare talent that could be had in the third round due to injury concerns and poor performances at the Combine and his pro-day. Other than that, he’s great! A formerly projected first round prospect, Roberson’s tape is impressive enough for the Lions to roll the dice.
1. Go with slot speedster Paul Richardson, Colorado, WR. A slight, 175-pound frame keeps Richardson from going a round higher. If he can beef up a bit, his 4.4 speed could be the final piece to a disturbingly potent offense.
2. The Lions need a safety in this draft! If they are still void of one by round three, please select safety Terrence Brooks if he is available! The reigning National Champion out of Florida State ran a 4.42 in the Combine and played well in the Senior Bowl.