Detroit Lions: Five First Round Draft Options

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Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

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The second Irish player on the list, Stanley is a technically adept left tackle with a sterling reputation. Per the school, he’s incredibly reliable in pass protection and does so with a blend of strong hands, great base footwork and quick reactions.

His star has fallen a little as the 2015 season has played out. Clemson edge rusher Shaq Lawson and even Trent Corney from Virginia bested Stanley a few times with power, and he’s developed a real issue with holding and overreaching when he down blocks. This was not true in prior years, so the hope is he reverts back to the form that had the senior unanimously a potential top 5 overall pick heading into the year.

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  • Stanley might wind up being a better right tackle in the NFL. Normally that’s not a first-round value, but given how bad the LaAdrian Waddle/Cornelius Lucas/Michael Ola (who quietly was great versus Philadelphia) carousel of doom has been at that spot, it’s not a bad idea.