The draft is paramount to a team’s success in the NFL. It was the most important tool to the 2014 NFL champion Seattle Seahawks and just about every championship team before them. It’s also the single-most important reason as to why the Lions have just one playoff win in over 50 years. The point is every draft counts, especially for the Detroit Lions who are considered one good draft away from making some serious noise.
So how did they do?
First Round: Tight End Eric Ebron, Tight End
Ebron is the top tight end in the draft and widely considered the biggest match up nightmare with exceptional size, speed, and strength. Ebron can impact the Lions high-octane offense immediately, especially when you factor in the favorable coverages he will see thanks to the attention Calvin Johnson will draw.
Grade: The Lions let the board play out and selected the best available player who can make an impact from day one. His size will make him an excellent red zone threat and his speed and hands will make him a match up nightmare everywhere else on the field. I know I’m in the minority, but I love this pick. A+
Second Round: Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker
Instinctive, high motor, high character, and a highly productive player in college. That’s Kyle Van Noy and he’s going to play a big role in Teryl Austin’s defense. Van Noy is an extremely versatile linebacker who has a knack for creating turnovers with 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, and 6 forced fumbles in just his senior season. Van Noy will likely be a three down linebacker from day one.
Grade: The Lions moved up for Van Noy in the second round to secure his services and he’s worth it. Everything Van Noy brings to the table is what the Lions were looking for in an outside linebacker. Van Noy will help generate more turnovers and more sacks for an underachieving defensive line. A+