Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (33) interviews defensive end Cliff Avril (56) at a press conference at The Westin in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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O’HARA’S MONDAY COUNTDOWN: A look-ahead at 2014 the day after the Super Bowl
Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com

The Lions are fertile ground for debate for Detroit sports fans over who they should add, cut or keep. Look for the Lions to do all three in what could be significant roster changes from free agency signings that begin on March 11, and in the draft May 8-10.

While the Lions focus on their offense, Seahawks show defense still reigns
Kyle Meinke – MLive

The Seattle Seahawks didn’t just beat the Denver Broncos. They punished them for even showing up.

And it was hard not to think about the Detroit Lions while they were doing it.

The Seahawks pulverized Denver, after all, with defense. With terrorizing, unrelenting, bad-intentioned defense. And with a defensive line that did what Detroit’s line was supposed to do this season: Intimidate an opposing quarterback right out of a game.

And they even did it with one of Detroit’s home-grown players.

Cliff Avril ‘deserves a raise’ after whipping Denver Broncos’ line in Super Bowl XLVIII
Chris Burke — Sports Illustrated

There is an argument to be made that Cliff Avril is one of the most underappreciated players in the NFL.

Or, at least, there was until Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLVIII, when Avril nearly thrust himself onto the MVP podium with a standout effort against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Avril was credited with three tackles, two QB hits and two passes defensed — one of which led to a pick-six interception by the Seahawk who would win MVP, Malcolm Smith.

Detroit Lions 2014 Mock Draft with Scouting Profiles
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions have many possibilities to explore in the 2014 NFL draft. One of the joys of draft season is to ponder what may come true in May.

Because it’s still early in the process, any speculation about which players the Lions might be targeting is just that—speculation.

This mock draft speculates what general manager Martin Mayhew might do this May with Detroit’s picks.

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