We are heading into the final few weeks before the draft. Success in the draft is critical for the Lions continued growth. I just wanted to pass along the names of a few prospects that may be of some interest to the Lions after the first round.
Josh Robinson, Central Florida, CB, 5’11 199: Opened a few eyes with unofficial times of 4.29 and 4.31 at the combine. Would be an interesting option with the Lions second round pick. It would also allow the Lions to use their first rounder on an offensive lineman.
Tommie Streeter, Miami, WR, 6’5 219: Fast and big enough to give Matt Stafford another reliable target in the red zone. Streeter made a lot of big plays for the Hurricanes and with Stafford’s mastery of the “jump ball” he would be a great pickup in Round 3. Also could be an eventual replacement for Nate Burleson.
T.Y. Hilton, Florida International, WR, 5’10 183: With his 4.3 speed, he would be able to give the Lions the returner that they have been looking for while learning the nuiances of playing wide receiver in the NFL. Will be really hard to pass up in the 4th round if he is still there.
Nick Foles, Auburn, QB, 6’5 243: Foles has great physical tools, including a powerful arm. If he can work on cutting down turnovers and doing a better job of reading coverage, he can be a solid quaterback at the next level. Worth a 5th or 6th round pick as a developmental QB.
Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State, G, 6’6 335: Would be a great value in the 2nd or 3rd round if the Lions choose not to go o-line in Round 1. Osemele is powerful with very long arms. He would be a nice fit as a RG and would help the Leo’s run game quite a bit.
Mitchell Schwartz, Cal, T, 6’5 318: The Lions missed on older brother Geoff, however, they can pick up little brother Mitchell and watch him excel at RT for a second round pick. An excellent run blocker, he could replace Gosider Cherilus right away.
Johnathan Massaquoi, Troy, OLB, 6’2 264: An excellent athlete although a bit raw, Massaquoi has the tools to become a quality pass rusher with the right coaching. He could eventually end up as a rush DE.
Here’s a few other names worth mentioning.
Marvin Jones, Cal, WR; Joe Long, Wayne State, T; T.J. Graham, NC State, WR/KR; Brandon Taylor, LSU, S; Nigel Bradham, FSU, OLB; Russell Wilson, Wisconsin, QB.