It is starting to look like this will be a good year for the Detroit Lions to address many of their needs through the draft. In fact, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock called this draft the deepest and best he has seen in 10 years.
NFLN's Mike Mayock calls this draft class the deepest and best in 10 years. Top 20 pick in '14 is like top 10 pick in '13.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) February 18, 2014
The immediate thought might be that the Lions should look to trade out of the tenth pick to add more picks later on. That’s a good thought but it requires a team to give up those picks. In a deep draft class that is easier said than done and unless the Lions find a desperate trade partner, means a lesser return for moving down the draft board.
A lot of attention at the top of the draft has focused on wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans as a Watkins consolation prize. Well, there is a lot more at reciever behind those two as the position doesn’t escape Mayock’s superlatives.
Mayock: "It's the best wide receiver draft I've seen in years."
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) February 18, 2014
The Lions could stand to add two quality receivers to the roster. If the Lions can balance other needs with the a finite number of picks, coming out of the draft with two instead of having to dip into the free agent pool is a prudent move.