Detroit Lions draft: Offensive line options beyond the first round

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Round 4-5 options

Joseph Noteboom (T)

What to like: Noteboom checks all of the boxes for size, quickness, experience, and overall athleticism. At 6-5, 309, and having played in all four years at TCU, he could compete for time very quickly.

The main knock on Noteboom is that he does not always play with good leverage, allowing some players underneath his pad level, lacking ideal knee-bend for the interior. If he can play with better leverage, he could play anywhere along the line due to his experience there. Noteboom possesses a less than aggressive style of play, as well.

Geron Christian (T)

What to like: Christian has started 39 consecutive games at Louisville, protecting fellow prospect, Lamar Jackson. The 6-5, 298 pound tackle may have to move inside, but has good athleticism. HIs 35-inch arms help him to compensate for slightly less than ideal lateral agility. Christian has played on both sides of the line, so his versatility is an asset. He looks the part of a starter and could offer the guard-tackle combo to solidify the Lions line.

Mason Cole (C/G)

What to like: Mason Cole is a local product (Florida originally, though) out of the University of Michigan. Cole is well-known to many Maize and Blue fans due to earning the left tackle job as a true freshman, a coveted honor.

Although many Michigan linemen have struggled, Cole has been solid wherever plugged in, as he was asked to switch to center as a junior. He has started 52 games as a Michigan lineman, more than any other player in school history. At 6-4, 307, Cole can play anywhere along a line. Although ideally a center or guard, he can flex out to tackle if asked. That kind of versatility makes him a great value in the middle rounds.