The Lions landed a top ten talent last night despite sitting at pick 13. With the 44th overall pick the Lions may come away with another steal as it is common for first round talent to fall to the top half of the second round. Here are some things I will be watch for as the draft continues today with rounds two and three:
- As was the case before the Lions’ first pick, it will be interesting to watch what happens with the quarterbacks. Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett and Colin Kaepernick could all be drafted by the time the Lions hit the clock at 44, pushing even more talent down to them. It was a run on quarterbacks that allowed them to take Nick Fairley and a similar run in the second would make for two consecutive dream scenarios for the Lions.
- I have felt that the second round is the perfect time for the Lions to address their need at outside linebacker for quite a while now. Akeem Ayers was a late first round pick in a lot of mock drafts but is still available. He probably won’t fall to the Lions but that means another linebacker will. Bruce Carter, Mason Foster or Martez Wilson could be the guy and it is likely that at least two of them will be available when the Lions hit the clock. Some mock drafts have Foster falling to the third round but the Lions shouldn’t be willing to count on that.
- Don’t be surprised if the Lions move to the offensive side of the ball with their third round pick if they pick up their outside linebacker (or even cornerback) in the second round. The Lions’ biggest needs are certainly on defense but they shouldn’t sacrifice a balanced draft because of it. Needs along the offensive line on the horizon and the lack of a deep receiving threat to play opposite Calvin Johnson make an offensive player or two a certainty in the middle rounds of this draft.
- The Lions basically guaranteed that they will be involved in at least one trade during the draft. Does it come today? Will it be up or down? Something to watch for.