November 3, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier (10) tackles Illinois Fighting Illini running back Donovonn Young (5) after a short gain at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 52-22. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Detroit Lions Select…


Detroit Lions fans are used to turning their attention to the NFL Draft this time of year. Fortunately, that isn’t totally necessary with the team in control of the NFC North lead but the close of the college football regular season means that draft season is just around the corner. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at this week’s mock draft on FanSided.com.

With the 20th pick in the first round, Sanchez has the Lions taking Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier. Sanchez explains:

The Detroit Lions offense is not a problem, but the same can’t be said for their defense.

They did some admirable work last offseason by adding a number of young cornerbacks, but they could still use some help at linebacker.

Not only would Ryan Shazier be able to compliment the Lions impressive defensive front with his quickness, but he brings the added ability of dropping back in coverage to cover tight ends and help with the team’s pass coverage as well.

Does Shazier make sense for the Lions? I’m not so sure. DeAndre Levy has developed into perhaps the best cover linebacker in the NFL and currently leads the league in interceptions. With Stephen Tulloch also holding a solidly positive rating against the pass from Pro Football Focus, a linebacker who can help in the pass coverage just isn’t a need like cornerback or even wide receiver.

Still, Shazier is probably a more dynamic talent than the Lions currently have at linebacker and the pick isn’t out of line with other early mocks I have seen that go with Alabama OLB C.J. Mosley. Mosley was unavailable for the Lions in the FanSided mock, having gone to the New York Giants with the 14th pick.

Check out the full first round mock draft on FanSided.com.

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