The last pick has been made and the Detroit Lions 2014 draft class is complete.
The Lions addressed a lot of needs, both current and future, although it wasn’t always in the way many fans wanted. Click the names below to go to the individual posts announcing each pick.
Round 1, Pick 10 (10 overall) – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Round 2, Pick 8 (40 overall) – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Round 3, Pick 12 (76 overall) – Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
Round 4, Pick 33 (133 overall) – Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
Round 4, Pick 36 (136 overall) – Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
Round 5, Pick 18 (158 overall) – Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
Round 6, Pick 13 (189 overall) – T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
Round 7, Pick 14 (229 overall) – Nate Freese, K, Boston College
In Ebron, the Lions got the pass catcher they wanted out of the draft even though they signed wide receiver Golden Tate in free agency. Don’t get too hung up on his designation as a tight end, he’ll be lining up out wide and in the slot a lot. The Lions still were able to add T.J. Jones later and he’ll have an opportunity to push Ryan Broyles.
Kyle Van Noy is tabbed as the dynamic outside linebacker the team is looking for – the role Jim Caldwell described as a “flamethrower.”
Travis Swanson doesn’t fill an immediate need but he wasn’t drafted for depth. Dominic Raiola may be entering his final NFL season and the Lions didn’t have a replacement already on their roster. Adding a center of the future now gives the Lions a transitional year in which Raiola can mentor his successor.
The Lions used the early portion of their third day adding players to compete for defensive roles at a variety of positions. The selection of Caraun Reid gives the Lions some cushion with the team facing an uncerting defensive tackle roster following the 2014 season.
Concluding the day with Nate Freese adds a rookie to compete with Giorgio Tavecchio and John Potter to win the kicker job.