Oct 11, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Laken Tomlinson (77) blocks against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
5. There Were No Crazy Reaches
Mostly, all the players the Lions took were pegged to go about where they were selected. It can be argued Laken Tomlinson was a bit of a reach, but Detroit liked him and had they not made the call, it’s possible a team like the New England Patriots would have before the first round expired. Fullback Michael Burton was probably the only significant reach in the fifth round, and chances are, that’s still not a pick that will burn Detroit in the long run.
Otherwise, the team may have got excellent value with late picks like Quandre Diggs and Corey Robinson. Given what has happened in the past, it was refreshing to see need, value and round all match up in Detroit’s 2015 NFL Draft.
Next: Now, Five Negatives