Round Six, Pick 180: Alex Bars, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame
If Alex Bars hadn’t of seriously injured his ACL/MCL earlier in the year against Stanford I’m not sure he falls this far in the draft. Matt Miller ranks him as the ninth overall guard in the draft and Athlon Sports’s writer/editor Jon Kinne says that he showed “great versatility” and that guard is his best position long-term “because strength is his strength”. Bars would be a good player on the field and a good leader in the locker room for Motor City.
Other Options Considered: Karan Higdon (Michigan Running Back), Dontavius Russell (Auburn Defensive Lineman), and Lester Cotton (Alabama Offensive Guard)
Round Six, Pick 199: Karan Higdon, Running Back, Michigan
Higdon is a local favorite and would be a popular pick throughout the fan base. Higdon is a powerful, aggressive runner and would be a good LeGarratte Blount replacement after this year. He is a tough runner that can grind out yards after contact, making him a good back to pair with rookie sensation Kerryon Johnson.
Other Options Considered: Clayton Thornson (Northwestern Quarterback), Dontavius Russell (Auburn Defensive Lineman), and Jonathan Ledbetter (Georgia Edge Rusher)
Round Six, Pick 214: Jonathan Ledbetter, Edge Rusher, Georgia
Overlooked in this talented defensive class, Ledbetter could be a steal in the sixth round. He has the versatility to play both inside and outside along the line, which would help him fit better into head coach Matt Patricia’s scheme. Ledbetter could come in and make a Da’Shawn Hand type impact next year as a rookie.