The Detroit Lions fourth pick of the 2013 NFL Draft is in…
Who: Devin Taylor
What: Defensive End
Where: South Carolina
When: Round 4, Pick 35 (132 Overall, Compensatory pick)
Why: The Lions lost Cliff Avril to the Seahawks via free agency and cut ties with the aging Kyle Vanden Bosch leaving to starting spots open at defensive end. The Lions addressed Avril’s spot with Jason Jones through free agency and added the athletic freak in Ziggy Ansah who will presumably fill in for Vanden Bosch. With both starting end positions addressed why did the Lions take Taylor?
Avril and Vanden Bosch aren’t the only defensive ends the Lions lost. Lawrence Jackson signed with the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings and Willy Young’s development is still in question. Taylor gives the Lions versatility with his elite size, 6’7 275 lbs, and 36 inch arms and he’s a great athlete for his size running a 4.72 forty and recording a 35 inch vertical jump.The made the right move letting Cliff Avril walk in free agency and cutting Vanden Bosch and this pick helps the Lions get younger and more athletic on what looks to be an already strong defensive line.
His only weaknesses are his pad level and quickness, but he should be a very good rotational player for the Lions and should provide some good competition this offseason.