While much of our attention is on who will be the Detroit Lions' first-round or second-round pick, the fact of the matter is that in the NFL, the best drafting teams are able to go out and find gems in the later rounds. Guys like Willie Young and Sammie Hill are just two examples of Martin Mayhew's ability to go out and find sleepers in the draft, and the hope this year is for him to add a few more players to the résumé.
In his latest video for Pride of Detroit and SB Nation, Jerry Mallory tackles this very topic by examining some potential sleeper picks. Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles, UConn's Kashif Moore, Wayne State's Joe Long and LSU's Ron Brooks are just some of the names mentioned. Check out more below.
I'm really interested to see how much the Lions tap into Wayne State in the coming week, not just for potential draft picks, but also for potential undrafted free agents. There is some good talent from the school, and one would think the Lions will have an advantage by being the hometown team. Obviously there's more to it when you're recruiting an undrafted free agent, but I have to imagine the Lions will take a hard look at guys like Long and teammate Jeremy Jones, who is a defensive back.