With the conclusion of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft last night, the Detroit Lions will take a step back and evaluate the landscape for day two. Here are some things to consider as we wait and what to watch for as the draft unfolds tonight.
- With Eric Ebron filling the need for a pass catching threat, the Lions may now put off drafting a wide receiver. Still expect them to select one, but it may not be on day two. If they do go in that direction, it will be a total “best player available” pick.
- If my read on the wide receiver situation is correct, day two will be defense-heavy for the Lions unless they pull the trigger on their center of the future. Weston Richburg and Marcus Martin are two names to keep in mind.
- The word “flamethrower” has become a popular buzzword after Jim Caldwell used it to describe a pass-rushing outside linebacker. The Lions did come out of the first round with one so they could go in that direction on day two. Some options there are Kyle Van Noy and Jeremiah Attaochu.
- With four safeties going in the first round, the value for the Lions to address their secondary on day two is more likely at cornerback.
- The lack of quarterbacks other than Blake Bortles in the top ten hurt the Lions, although they still got a very good player in Eric Ebron, but they would benefit from a mini-run to start the second round. Perhaps the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders at the very least will help out the Lions by drafting a quarterback, pushing other prospects a couple picks lower.
- Is day two when the Lions get aggressive? They can’t trade their two compensatory picks at the back end of the fourth round but the fact they have them might make their original fourth rounder expendable to move around on day two.