The first day of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books and the Lions walked away two draft picks and two interior offensive linemen richer. Securing the top ranked guard in this class and strengthening their interior line is great, though I’m sure some will be disappointed the team didn’t go elsewhere.
With Malcom Brown, Eddie Goldman, La’El Collins, and other top tier targets still on the board, even a pick like Laken Tomlinson will leave some disappointed. So let’s take a look at some surprises from the first round, as well as some that might be waiting for us tonight when round 2 kicks off!
The Lions passed on oft-mocked Malcom Brown at 23rd overall and again at 28th overall. He was
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ranked top 15 overall by Mel Kiper and Todd McShay but ultimately went 32nd overall. Good pass.
- Jake Fisher and T.J. Clemmings have to be the biggest players for first selection in the 2nd round. The value is there and whoever picks them is unlikely to regret it.
- Randy Gregory, Dorial Green-Beckham, and P.J. Williams were all passed over in the 1st round, in part due to character concerns. Will a fall continue in the post-Rice/Peterson/Hernandez era?
- There was no run on wide receivers or cornerbacks or offensive tackles in the 1st round, pushing many players into the 2nd that may have gone earlier. Will there be a run before the Lions pick?
- Mario Edwards and Eddie Goldman both fell out of the 1st round. Will the FSU products find a spot today? Lions have targeted both.
- With 2 RBs taken in the top 15, there still remains several RBs who can become long term starters in the league. Will there be a run on rushers like many predicted?
- Xavier Cooper, Michael Bennett, Grady Jarrett, Jordan Phillips, and Carl Davis are all still available. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
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