NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Possible Scenarios
Quarterback: After Matthew Stafford, the Lions only have Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore as their backups. Thus, I would not be surprised if the Lions look to add additional depth at the quarterback position. Here are some quarterbacks that the Lions may be interested in between rounds 2 through 7.
Zach Mettenberger (LSU) 6’5” and 224 pounds. He’s a solidly built quarterback that’s coming off an injury. Mettenberger has a strong arm, and is more of a prototypical pocket passing QB. He has the ability to throw the deep ball. Mettenberger has some difficulty when under pressure, taking too many sacks or causing some hurried and/or unadvised throws.
Aaron Murray (Georgia) 6’1” and 207 pounds. He’s also coming off an injury. Murray is a very intelligent QB that is a team leader. He has a quick release and is able to scramble out of trouble when needed even though he’s not very fast. Murray, like Mettenberger, also has some difficulty when under pressure. Needs to work on his deep ball throws.
Wide Receiver: The Lions addressed getting a number two wide receiver when they signed free agent, Golden Tate, from Seattle. Paired with Calvin Johnson, they should make quite the duo. It hasn’t been a secret, but Detroit is in search of one additional starting receiver. They could draft one as early as round 1, but with the depth at wide receiver in this draft, the Lions could wait until round 2 or later. Here are some possible WR’s that the Lions might be interested in after round 1.
Donte Moncrief (Mississippi) 6’2” and 221 pounds. He has nice size, ran a 4.40 forty, and has a quick burst. Moncrief’s speed and burst allow him to be a deep threat down the field. He needs to work on route running and on securing the ball better.
Allen Robinson (Penn State) 6’2” and 220 pounds. He runs a 4.60 forty, strong, and able to go up and get the ball in traffic. Robinson also is solid in the yards after catch (YAC) category. Not as fast as some of the other WR’s and needs to hold the ball more securely.
Center: The Lions will be looking to add a center as Dominic Raiola is approaching the last year(s) of his career. Thus, finding a replacement for Raiola to guide and train underneath him would be an ideal pick for Detroit during the draft.
Marcus Martin (USC) 6’3” and 320 pounds. He’s a solid blocker when it comes to pass protection. Martin also has experience playing guard. He needs to work on building strength and speed. Lots of potential, but may need a little time to develop more.
Weston Richburg (Colorado State) 6’3” and 298 pounds. The Lions have been talking about Richburg many times as someone they really like to eventually take over for Raiola. He has good quickness and mobility for someone his size, which allow him to pull block effectively. Like Raiola is for the Lions, Richburg is also a vocal leader. Like Martin, he can also play the guard position.
Kicker: The Lions will be looking to add a new kicker to the roster this year to replace David Akers. Right now, John Potter, is the only kicker on the Lions active roster. Thus, a kicker competition will be taking place during the preseason.
Chris Boswell (Rice) 6’2” and 185 pounds. Boswell has a very strong leg and is able to connect on field goals beyond 50 yards. He has shown the ability to kick under pressure, and has handled kickoff duties.
Nate Freese (Boston College) 5’11” and 192 pounds. Freese, like Boswell, has a strong leg and is able to connect on field goals beyond 50 yards. He has a very high accuracy when it comes to making field goals, including a perfect 20 for 20 this past season. He has also shown the ability to handle kicking duties under pressure.
What will the Lions do offensively in the 2014 NFL Draft? We know that several picks will need to be focused on the defensive side of the ball, but the offense will need some upgrading at a few positions as well, even if it’s just from a depth standpoint.