Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles offensive linesman Bryan Stork (52) points and calls a play before he hikes the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions 2014 NFL draft prospect: LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
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Beckham has steadily been moving up mock drafts the past six weeks, for those who pay attention to that sort of thing. In his latest projection, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. went as far as to slot Beckham to the Lions at No. 10.

A legitimate deep threat who operates primarily out of the slot, Beckham would fit nicely in the Lions’ passing attack.

WEEK IN REVIEW: NFL Draft central
Lindsay Selengowski –

Hmm, quarterbacks, you may ask? Yes. Clearly, the Lions are set at starting quarterback with Matthew Stafford, but ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden talked about some interesting late-round quarterback prospects for the Lions.

“You’re looking for a lot of intangibles certainly in the sixth round, a guy that fits your system,” Gruden said. “You hope with coaching he can improve mentally and physically. There’s a couple guys that I think might appeal to the Lions.

Florida State center Stork stands out as Lions look for young backup
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

Stork is projected to go in the middle rounds of next week’s draft, and could be a fit for a Lions team looking to find a long-term replacement for center Dominic Raiola.

He won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s best center last year, when he helped Florida State win the national championship, and he spent time talking with Lions coach Jim Caldwell and general manager Martin Mayhew, a Florida State graduate, at his March pro day.

Uncertainty at corner may cause Lions to draft defensive back
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

Most NFL draft experts believe the point where need and best player available will intersect for the Lions in the first round Thursday is at cornerback.

If the Lions stay with the 10th overall pick, the top two receivers, top pass rusher and top two offensive linemen are expected to be gone. If so, the Lions would be left to pick from one of the top four cornerbacks or one of the top two safeties.

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