Monday, January 21, 2013
Potential Draft Targets for the Detroit Lions (Pre-Combine)
Bjoern Werner DE, Florida State, 6'4" 255
Werner is at the top of several big boards and rightfully so. He is an absolute beast and would be exactly the right person to take over Kyle Vanden Bosch's spot on the roster.
Damontre Moore DE, Texas A&M, 6'4" 250
Moore is a very productive pass rusher, but needs to put on some size to play in the NFL. A strong candidate for the Lions' first round pick, Moore may not be a big contributor right of out the gate, but would be a very strong long term pick.
Ezekiel Ansah DE, BYU, 6'6" 270
Ansah has some work to do, but his ceiling is extremely high. A strong combine would put him into top-10 territory. There are some concerns about Ansah because he is so raw which could possibly push his draft stock down, in which case the Lions would be wise to snagging them with their 2nd round pick even if it means trading up.
Tavon Austin WR, West Virginia, 5'9" 176
A speedster Harvin/Cobb type that could give the Lions back what they have been missing without Best. Austin's size will definitely be a concern, but he was a major play-maker in college.
Xavier Rhodes CB, Florida State, 6'2" 215
Rhodes is a solid prospect who can cover well, plays in man or zone, and is very physical at the line of scrimmage. He likely won't make it out of the first round, but he would be a solid addition to the Lions defensive backfield (possibly their number one corner).
Travis Frederick C, Wisconsin, 6'4" 338
Frederick isn't a lock to be a starter in the NFL and probably projects more as a guard, but he offers versatility which is something that the Lions value and he certainly has the size to be an NFL lineman.
Joseph Fauria TE, UCLA, 6'7" 258
Fauria needs to improve as a blocker, but his size is something the Lions could easily utilize. He was very productive as a receiver for the Bruins.
Margus Hunt DE, SMU, 6'8" 280
Hunt has to work on his technique, but his size and athleticism give him a high ceiling. If the Lions aren't able to retain Cliff Avril they could snag Hunt and plug him in.
Larry Warford OG, Kentucky, 6'3" 340
Warford seems to be flying under the radar right now, but that could change after the Senior Bowl (which the Lions' staff is coaching). He has the look of a long term starter and would be a steal should he fall to the second round.
Khaseem Greene OLB/S, Rutgers, 6'1" 230
Greene is a little undersized to be a linebacker in the NFL, but he was an extremely productive player at the collegiate level and a team leader. Greene was originally a safety so he could possibly transition back in the NFL.
Chase Thomas OLB, Stanford, 6'4" 245
Thomas is a great all around linebacker. He can rush the passer, stop the run, and has the size to match up with tight ends. With Levy and Durant both under performing and hitting free agency, Thomas is exactly what the Lions need to boost their back seven.
Michael Williams TE, Alabama, 6'6" 270
When Reiff becomes a full-time starer in 2013 the Lions will need a tight end to play in the backfield similar to how they used Reiff in 2012. Williams is a stellar run-blocker and has the size to be a factor in the red zone.