I have been looking at Mock Drafts, Big Boards, scouting reports, and prospect highlight videos until my eyes started to go blurry. One position on the Lions that is not a crying need, but might be due for an upgrade in depth is Tight End.
WHOA! Before you jump off the roof let's look at what a third Tight End could offer our dynamic offence. Currently the Lions have Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler as our primary receiving TEs. Will Heller has served as a blocking TE with not much value as a receiver. I am looking at finding a TE who could replace Heller and be a better receiving option. The new Tight End would be a viable option for short or long term replacement of one of our starters too. Here are a few candidates and the rounds I would pick them:
This guy looks great and because of his slow 40 time may end up dropping a round from his second round grade. He seemed to play as an H back a lot with Clemson which would suit the Lions offence better.
I would move up in the third or even very late second to nab this guy.
#2. Orson Charles from Georgia 6' 2.5" 251
He played a lot of H back in college and also had a terrible 40 time at his Pro day recently. He seems to be a lot faster on his tape. A little smaller than most want for a TE, but is a very high effort guy and considered a leader on the field. Had some off field issues along with his slow 40 time that might drop him to the Lions at # 85.
Scouting reports: http://www.sidelinescouting.com/rankings/2012/te/orson-charles/
A bargain in the fourth, and good value in the third.
#3. George Bryan from NC State 6' 5" 265
He sounds like a big solid blocking TE, but all the reports rave about his ability to catch the ball. Very slow, and though big and nasty, not apparently as strong as you would expect. Is a good blocker but has a lot of room for improvement. I like him in the seventh round with a chance to get some NFL strength and be a cheaper option for the Lions as a blocking TE. Not a viable back up for our receiving TEs though.
Well that is my case for a TE in this years draft. Hopefully, this will catch Mr. Mayhew's eye as he does his daily scan of the POD site and he takes this under advisement.
NOTE: I felt I had to modify the title of this post after wading through all the plethora of Aprils Fools post on most of the blogs that I read today. I am completely serious.