6. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (Previous rank: 5)
Evans uses his body as well as anyone to box out defenders and control the football. While his route-running is still a bit raw, it’s rumored that there are teams who have graded Evans higher than Watkins. While I think Evans is the superior athlete, he may not be a good fit in Detroit as suggested by Jeff Risdon of Bleacher Report.
7. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (Previous rank: 7)
If available with the 10th pick (and assuming the above six prospects are gone), Martin Mayhew would be hard-pressed to find anyone more ready to step in and play. Matthews is a plug-and-play starter at left tackle, which would kick Riley Reiff inside to left guard.
8. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina (Previous rank: 6)
Eric Ebron is an elite athlete at the tight end position. He would allow Joe Lombardi to move him around in a variety of ways as a sort of “joker” tight end in a lot of ways similar to what the New Orleans Saints have done with Jimmy Graham. His issues with concentration drops are well-documented, but Ebron is a top-15 caliber prospect and would make the Lions offense that much more dangerous.
9. Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama (Previous rank: 8)
ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s most recent mock draft (ESPN Insider required) has the Lions selection Clinton-Dix, who would bring new life to the Detroit secondary without the pressure to contribute immediately. He’d compete with James Ihedigbo for the starting safety spot opposite Glover Quin while contributing on special teams.
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU (Previous rank: NR)
Beckham Jr. would be an ideal complement to Calvin Johnson as a No. 2 receiver. He’s a threat whenever the ball is in his hands, both as a receiver and as a return man. Beckham Jr. could be available in the early teens should Detroit trade back, but he’s also worthy of the 10th selection.
Dropped out: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA (Previous rank: 9); Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (Previous rank: 10)