Day 3 (Rounds 4-7 ) of the 2014 NFL Draft will begin at noon on Saturday, May 10. The Detroit Lions have three fourth-round picks and one selection in rounds six and seven.
Here’s who I have the Lions drafting to this point:
Round 1, Pick 10 (10th overall). Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Round 2, Pick 13 (45th overall). Marcus Martin, C, USC
Round 3, Pick 12 (76th overall). Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State
The Lions add two big-time playmakers on the defensive side of the ball and add some much-needed depth to the interior offensive line in the first two days of the draft.
Detroit still has a variety of positions to address heading into the final day of the draft, including; wide receiver, defensive tackle/end, tight end and quarterback.
Round 4, Pick 11 (111th overall). Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
I’m not convinced that Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore provide the Lions with enough insurance behind Matthew Stafford at quarterback.
Mettenberger fits NFL-quarterback prototype based on his 6-foot-5 frame and great arm strength. I believe he will fall to the Lions based on recent back-injury reports (regardless if they are true or not) and previous off-field character issues.
If the former LSU quarterback is off the board, Detroit could be interested in Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
Round 4, Pick 33 (133rd overall). Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M
Westbrooks has great size and has experience playing many different positions on the defensive line. His size and athleticism will enable him to make plays while he fine tunes his mechanics.
Round 4, Pick 36 (136th overall). Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Coleman has decent speed for his size (6-foot-6 225-pounds) and would provide the Lions with another giant red-zone target. Bringing in another giant of a receiver to line up opposite of Calvin Johnson in the red zone would give the Lions at least one favorable matchup inside the opponents 20-yard line.
This is the point in the draft where the Lions should take a few risks on physically-gifted players that may lack necessary fundamentals.
Round 6, Pick 13 (189th overall). Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
Pierre-Louis is best described as a linebacker/safety tweener due to his athleticism and small frame. He projects to become a solid nickel-linebacker and would fit the Lions “see ball, get ball” defensive scheme.
Round 7, Pick 12 (227th overall). Chandler Jones, WR, San Jose State
Described as a small slot receiver without exceptional speed and was a product of the system against weaker opposing defenses.
Jones reminds me of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown; similar size, speed, strength and played against lesser competition. Brown was the 195th-overall pick in 2010.