With the Detroit Lions coaching staff mentoring the North squad next weekend, here are three draft prospects who could look good in the Honolulu blue.
All eyes are on the draft for Detroit Lions fans, as the team has the opportunity to coach the North squad in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, January 25 at 2:30 pm EST on NFL Network.
The Lions coaching staff has the unique chance to practice with these seniors for an entire week, letting these prospects run their drills to simulate how they would fit in in Detroit.
The Lions found gems to draft who played meaningful minutes for Motor City, most notably being defensive end Ziggy Ansah, guard Larry Warford, and guard Graham Glasgow, and most recently being defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand and defensive backs Amani Oruwariye and Will Harris.
Here are three prospects on the North squad the Lions should at least look into drafting.
Ben Bredeson, OG – Michigan Wolverines
Speaking of Glasgow, the veteran guard from Michigan is due for an extension, but the Lions have made it clear that they are okay with letting the starting lineman test the waters in free agency.
It makes sense why the Lions are fine with giving up on Glasgow. The guard wants upwards of $9 million a year even though he has never made a Pro Bowl and has been graded on Pro Football Focus as good, not great.
As consistent as Glasgow has been in Detroit, his value for the offensive line is not irreplaceable, and the Lions proved last season with Joe Dahl that they are willing to be fluid with the guard position.
If Glasgow departs, it would be wise for Detroit to draft another Michigan guard in Ben Bredeson. The three-year starter has started 45 total games at guard, and was named the best pass-blocking guard in the country by Pro Football Focus after not allowing a hit or sack in 451 pass-blocking reps.
The Lions could plug Bredeson into Glasgow’s old spot and get nearly the same return for less than a quarter of Glasgow’s asking price, making drafting the former Wolverine a no-brainer.