Oct 19, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) looks to run after making a catch against the Auburn Tigers during the second half at Kyle Field. Tigers won 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Tate Signing, Mel Kiper Jr. Has Detroit Lions Going WR in New Mock Draft

The Detroit Lions may have signed Golden Tate in free agency, but that doesn’t mean the position is any less of a need heading into the draft. Mel Kiper Jr. released his third mock draft of this draft cycle today and he has the Lions selecting Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with the tenth overall pick. Kiper explains.

After the Lions signed Golden Tate, the obvious reaction is to think they go another direction here. I’ll counter and say that the Lions didn’t just need one wide receiver, they needed two, and I’d also say that while Tate is a nice addition, he doesn’t do much to ease the worry of what this offense looks like when Calvin Johnson isn’t healthy. The Lions shouldn’t be done at this position, and I think Evans is too good to pass up here. Tate’s presence doesn’t mean this is no longer a need.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this pick isn’t that it is Evans, it is that this is a change from Kiper’s previous mocks. In his second mock, Kiper had the Lions selecting Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, and the change in his third mock wasn’t because Gilbert wasn’t available at ten. Kiper now has Gilbert selected with the 15th pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kiper’s explanation of Evans as the pick is valid but feels odd because it would have been even more valid when he released his second mock. Of course, that second mock was released before the combine. Perhaps Kiper was swayed by Evans’ performance as much as some Lions fans who weren’t as familiar with Evans’ game before seeing him do on-field drills in Indianapolis.

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  • SteveF

    Lions need a Corner…..period

    • Babs Boudrie

      They do, but the talent at wide receiver with Evans outweighs grabbing a corner at that pick. Free agency or a later pick will provide a corner.

      • twelsh36446

        Ummmm, nope they need a corner and safety more, but will STILL take the best player available as they should.

    • carbon dioxide

      Yes but it is rare for any corner to come into the NFL and made an immediate impact. Even if they take a corner it will be a couple of years before they will see the return on the investment. If the goal is for the Lions to go deep in the playoffs in 2014, they need someone like Evans. If not they should trade back and get possibly another 2nd round pick is this very deep draft.

  • twelsh36446

    Kiper hasn’t been right about a Detroit first round pick for over 7 years, so why should I care who he thinks should go first to the Lions.

    • noBuddy

      KIPER IS RIGHT THIS TIME. For the last two years Nate Burleson couldn’t stay off IR. ALL WE’VE DONE SO FAR is replace Burleson. So, if Golden Tate gets injured next season, Calvin will take the same beating he took this year. WORSE CASE SCENARIO … Calvin Johnson goes on IR and all we have left is Golden Tate … unless that DB everyone wants want so bad can run routes and catch passes.