Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) breaks up a pass intended for Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions shouldn’t pass on Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard
Bob Wojnowski – The Detroit News

One pick makes the most sense, and it has nothing to do with the jersey he wore. The Lions desperately need a cornerback, perhaps because they haven’t drafted one in the first round in 16 years. The best cornerback in college football should be available at No. 10.

Bingo. We’re done here. It’s Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. Good night, everybody!

NFL draft: Despite the mocks, nobody’s sure what to expect
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Maybe it’s a byproduct of having two extra weeks to overanalyze the film and talk and discuss and debate who should go where, but veteran NFL draft observers expect tonight’s first round to be one of the wildest, most unpredictable in recent memory.

Start up top at No. 1, where the Houston Texans have done a good job keeping their pick under wraps even though general manager Rick Smith told reporters a week ago the decision on whom to take (assuming they keep the choice) was already made.

O’HARA’S DRAFT DAY COUNTDOWN: Weighing offensive vs. defensive needs
Mike O’Hara —

A case can be made for the Lions to draft for offense, but a stronger case can be made for defense.
The bottom line of a team’s NFL draft is not like a financial balance sheet. Projecting the value of a potential pick involves more than subtracting liabilities from assets to get the net result.
But some numbers add up for the draft in general, and the Lions in particular.

NFC North Journalist Roundtable: Detroit Lions
Pro Football Spot

This is a collaborative series done by the four lead journalists in the NFC North for Pro Football Spot. Each article will take a look at one team from the division and focus on their biggest loss, biggest addition, and biggest draft target. This edition will focus on the Detroit Lions.

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