Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Big Board - April Edition

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Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) holds the lineman of the game trophy after defeating Bowling Green Falcons 30-27 to win the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Since the last big board, Pro Days and team visits have pretty much wrapped up, leaving us just two short weeks away from the NFL Draft. Who should the Detroit Lions select in the first round? Here’s how I rank the top 10 prospects on the Lions wish list.

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (Previous rank: 1)

No shocker here. Clowney is the best player in the draft and would make the Detroit Lions defensive line a terror for all opposing offensive coordinators. Spoiler: No one will unseat Clowney from the top of this board.

Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

2. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo (Previous rank: 3)

The more I watch Khalil Mack, the more I believe that he is going to be a star at the next level. Even in a 4-3 scheme I see Mack excelling as both a pass rusher and run defender. He utilizes a wide range of moves to disengage from blockers and shows great lateral movement. Adding a defender of Mack’s caliber would be a major step in the right direction for the Lions defense.

3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (Previous rank: 2)

To be clear, Sammy Watkins did nothing to fall a spot on this big board. Simply put, I believe if the Lions have the opportunity to grab an elite edge defender, they should do it, especially considering the depth of the wide receiver position in the 2014 draft class. Watkins is still the cream of the crop in terms of 2014 wide receiver prospects.

4. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn (Previous rank: 4)

Greg Robinson combines elite natural strength with above-average athleticism for a man of his size (6’5″, 332). Many draft analysts believe his floor is an All-Pro guard, with potential to do the same at the left tackle position. Though offensive tackle is not necessarily a need, Robinson is too good to pass on if available.

5. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh (Previous rank: NR)

Aaron Donald has steadily risen up draft boards since January, moving from fringe first-round pick to a top-15 lock. He boasts elite quickness, especially on his first step, and will allow his defensive coordinator to move him to any position on the defensive line. He’s an every-down sort of player, rare for a defensive tackle.

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