Going into the first round, the expectation for most fans was for the Detroit Lions to select a cornerback, defensive end or offensive lineman. As you know by now, the Lions went with Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff with the 23rd overall pick, filling their need at that position.
As we begin to turn our focus to day two of the draft, the question now becomes this: Which position will the Lions go after in the second round? With so much talent still on the board, the Lions have a lot of options. They can continue to bolster their O-line by adding a guard or center, take the best available cornerback or go in a different direction. Mocking The Draft has released a round two NFL mock draft and thinks the Lions will go with the option of adding a corner.
54. Detroit Lions - Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
First-round pick: Riley Reiff, OT
The Lions need talent in the secondary and clean character. A player like Johnson, or another cornerback, represents both. The team may also target a running back with this choice.
For those wondering, Janoris Jenkins is predicted to be taken 45th overall by the St. Louis Rams. Talent-wise, Jenkins is deserving of a much higher picker, but his character concerns have dropped him to the second round. Just how far remains to be seen, but it does appear that if the Lions want a shot at him, they will likely have to trade up in the second round.