Nov 2, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebackers Anthony Barr (11) and Jordan Zumwalt (35) during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Colorado 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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O’Hara’s final mock ten draft: Who goes to the Lions?
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

Columnist Mike O’Hara comments on each player who made the final mock ten draft, a list put together in a collaborative effort by beat writers from around the NFL

Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew reiterates desire for fast WRs with good hands
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew didn’t hesitate when asked to describe what he looks for in a wide receiver.

“Obviously, good hands,” Mayhew said on Monday. “I think that’s really important. It kind of goes without saying, but you’d be amazed. You watch tape, combine tape of guys, and they can’t catch. That’s kind of a problem if you’re going to be a receiver.”

Detroit Lions’ NFL draft: Experts debate Anthony Barr’s value, but he could be option at No. 10
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

In a draft full of divisive players — good luck finding two evaluators who agree on how high Johnny Manziel will go or how good he’s going to be — Anthony Barr has generated as much debate as anyone.

Once considered a lock of a top-five pick, an outside linebacker as talented as Buffalo’s Khalil Mack only bigger, Barr’s stock has fluctuated to the point that no one knows where he’ll land in the first round.

The Lions at No. 10 could be an option. As Martin Mayhew affirmed Monday, they need help at outside linebacker. Respected NFL writer Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times slotted Barr, a UCLA product, to Tampa Bay at No. 7 in his latest mock draft. Other NFL analyststhink he could slip into the 20s.

Watkins and the Lions are ‘looking pretty serious’
Bart Hubbuch — New York Post

It likely will take some work to get there, but momentum appears to be building for a Sammy Watkins-Lions marriage Thursday night.
The Clemson product and the top-rated wide receiver in this year’s NFL Draft revealed to The Post on Tuesday that Detroit is in hot pursuit leading up to the first round.

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