As the Detroit Lions move into the third and final day of the 2014 NFL Draft, here are some things to watch for or expect.
- Day two got off to a faster than expected start for the Lions thanks to a trade up to get Kyle Van Noy but we shouldn’t expect a similar start to day three. The Lions’ first picks of the day are their two compensatory selections near the end of the fourth round, which can’t be traded. The combined value of their two remaining picks the Lions can trade – a fifth and a sixth – would only be enough to get the Lions another late fourth round pick.
- If the Lions are going to add to their secondary today will have to be the day. Is it a surprise the Lions haven’t drafted a safety or corner already? Maybe, but don’t be shocked if they continue to look to other positions. We’re only a year removed from the Lions using an early second-round pick on Darius Slay and the Lions remain high on the young corners they drafted in 2012. Fans may not have a lot of belief in these guys, but the Lions clearly do. As for safety, this isn’t a great class and that was further thinned by some first round reaches.
- A defensive line pick is a near certainty today – perhaps one at defensive tackle and one at defensive end. I can see both positions
- Some questioned, maybe even snickered, when the Lions drafted Sam Martin last year. But Martin proved an immediate solution to their punting woes after being specifically identified by the Lions in the pre-draft process. Will they do the same thing with the kicker position this year? It’s a definite possibility with the “yes” or “no” determined by how happy they are with the current battle they have set up between John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio. Look for the Lions to add a kicker as an undrafted free agent if they don’t draft one this afternoon.
- Late round draft picks need to contribute on special teams and the Lions have slightly adjusted their thinking on identifying such players. Instead of projecting special teams abilities, the Lions will place more value on players who have demonstrated special teams abilities in the past.
The draft resumes today and noon ET with the start of the fourth round.