Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions’ 2014 draft class will be judged by wins, not character
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

He wants his players to be “a piece of steel wrapped in velvet,” and apparently it doesn’t hurt if they have put a diamond on someone’s finger, too.

Whether it was by design or just a quirk of the way things worked out, the first three picks in Jim Caldwell’s first draft as Lions coach were either engaged or already married.

DRAFT IN REVIEW: Weekend recap
Lindsay Selengowski – DetroitLions.com

Martin Mayhew and company were very busy this weekend assembling the Lions 2014 Draft Class. Tim Twentyman and Mike O’Hara were also busy at detroitlions.com keeping you up to date with every selection.
Here’s a look at each pick:

Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for Detroit Lions
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The 2014 NFL draft is in the books, and the Detroit Lions added several new players to the den.

Some of those picks, such as first-rounder Eric Ebron and second-round pick Kyle Van Noy, figure to play prominent roles right away.

Others, such as fifth-rounder Caraun Reid, will fill depth roles. Competition will be fierce for the last few spots on the final 53-man roster, as several on futures contracts battle with undrafted free agents and bottom-of-the-roster holdovers.

Draft notebook: Boston College’s Nate Freese is first kicker drafted by Lions since 1992
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

It looks like the Lions have found their kicker of the future in this year’s draft.

In the seventh round, the Lions selected Boston College kicker Nate Freese with the 227th overall pick.

Freese was the only kicker the Lions hosted on a pre-draft visit before the draft.

Utah State CB Lawson brings versatility to Lions
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions went against their own defensive philosophy by selecting undersized cornerback Nevin Lawson from Utah State with their first pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday.

The Lions have tried to get bigger on defense, and Lawson checks in at just 5-feet-9 and 190 pounds.

But what he lacks in size he’s supposed to make up in toughness, at least by reputation. He is considered a physical defender and started two games as a true freshman and then 39 straight games for Utah State.

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