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2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Detroit Lions Select…

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Nov 2, 2013; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams offensive lineman Weston Richburg (70) against the Boise State Broncos during the first quarter at Hughes Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Rams 42-30. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s mock comes with a bonus in the form of a second round. Here, the pick is Weston Richburg, a center from Colorado State. Smith explains:

With two talented centers already off the board, the Lions might make a slight reach to grab Richburg. Dominic Raiola has been playing for the Lions forever and the play has not been great for the 34 year old center as of late. Richburg gives them a center that can step in and play right away or provide depth at a couple spots. He is the type of worker that an offensive line coach would love and his potential is there for him to keep gaining strength and becomes a franchise center.

There isn’t a clear favorite to take over when Dominic Raiola’s Lions career comes to an end. The Lions like Rodney Austin enough to sign him to the 53-man roster from the practice squad when he was drawing interest from others. However, the Lions previously said they viewed him more as a guard than a center. If the right prospect is available, the Lions would be right to grab a center.

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Topics: 2014 Mock Draft, 2014 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions, Sammy Watkins

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