For another new 2014 Mock Draft! (http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2013/5/4/4301574/its-never-too-early) (http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2013/5/31/4383682/update-its-never-too-early) Compare with older drafts,
Well this Bye week leaves us fairly restless, so I'll just do this Mock draft to keep us busy. It's a good place to look at our needs and get a fair analysis of the offseason. (Fancy speak for I'm bored, and the kids are driving me crazy)
Top 5 biggest needs going into the 2014 Draft(old) 25th pick in the draft
1. LT / 1. LT / 1. C
2. C / 2. WR / 2. WR
3. WR / 3. LB(both) / 3. OLB
4. LB / 4. C / 4. TE
5. DT/ 5. DT (backup/depth) / 5. CB
1. Trent Murphy OLB- I originally slated C.J Mosley for this spot, but I figured he wouldn't be available. Trent Murphy supposedly is a 3-4 OLB, but his versatility is amazing, he can play in space, drop back in coverage and put his hands in the dirt and get after the QB. Jerry Mallory said 3-4 linebackers can transition into a 4-3 system as we did with Cliff Avril, which worked fairly well. His speed of around 4.75 is faster than Clay Matthews, Jarvis Jones and he's as fast as Kiko Alonso who plays in coverage better than anyone. He also has the same speed as Aldon Smith, who plays with a lot of speed and agility. The Oregon video shows him playing in a variety of situations and at around 6:03 he's able to chase after the nimble Mariota. In the Washington video he grabs a pick six and runs it back for a td at around 4:07. Great height at 6’6 weighs around 261 and has decent speed which he uses to get after the QB from the outside and is great against the run. Last year he racked up 9 sacks, this year he already has 9.5 and is on track to get at least 14. In other words, an opportunity we cannot pass up.
Trent Murphy vs Washington (2012) (via Nick Page)
2. Jared Abbrederis- Said to be the best player in the Big Ten and a steal in the 2nd round. 6’2 and runs about a 4.4 40 time and amazing hands. Earlier this year he had a lights out game against Bradley Roby (the best CB in FBS) with 207 yds and a td. Abbrederis can get over 1000 yds a year and is our #2 WR next to Durham and Megatron. He’s reliable and moves our offense into elite territory. He also stretches the field and is a real #2 threat.
Jared Abbrederis: Playmaker (via Wisconsin Badgers)
3. Travis Swanson- Raiola is retiring and no Bill Nagy (knew that wouldn’t work) Travis Swanson steps in to save the day. The 3rd round is the perfect spot for top notch centers and Travis Swanson is the arguably the best. Standing at 6’5, next to Big Larry will give Stafford all day in the pocket. He also has a quick release and his anchoring abilities will give us more running room as well.
4. Arthur Lynch- Brandon Pettigrew has been a disappointment by any objective measure and I among many will not be sad to see him hit the bricks. He’s played well on a statistical level, however in dire situations he makes important drops and fumbles. For example in the Dallas game on the penultimate drive, on a 3rd and long Stafford threw a perfect pass to Pettigrew and Droptimus Prime couldn’t haul it in. With him gone, the need for another blocking TE comes in need. Lynch is a big 6’5 TE out of Georgia and is perfect complement to Fauria. A great blocker, and capable of making clutch catches, he’s a good call in the mid-rounds. He also played with Durham and the two should gel well together in our new offense.
5. Alex Amidon- Ryan Broyles probably won’t pan out and is looking more like a bust; the need for additional weapons for Stafford especially in the slot arises. Alex Amidon is every bit the slot weapon and can prove it. Last year he grabbed over 1200 yds and is looking to break the BC College record for receptions (career). I envision him occupying a Wes Welker role and doing well in clutch situations. He’s speedy, as tall as Broyles and can fill in for his spot immediately.
6. Max Bullough- Stephen Tulloch is getting old, and none of the other LB’s has stepped up to make plays(except Levy) . Max Bullough out of Michigan State can fill that void. He’s 6’3, with a knack for getting after the ball and great against the run. Our run defense has been weak at times and the need for a Bryan Cushing type player is needed. He’s been great this year in terms of tackles and run defense.
7. Earlier this year one PODER expressed the need for a "Minitron" to compliment Calvin Johnson. I agree and a tall, lengthy WR who can stretch the field, cause mismatches and grab hard yards is essential to the growth of this offense. The name of that "Minitron" is Martavis Bryant. Still unsure as to whether he’ll go in the draft, but if he does he could be one of the biggest sleepers in the late rounds.
Sam Shields- Sam Shields has caused us Lion’s fans a lot of grief over the years and with his contract expiring, at the end of this season we could grab him for a great price. Our secondary has been weak and neither Houston nor Slay has really stepped up. With Shields across from Houston, Slay can play Nickel and mature to eventually take over the opposing slot when Houston’s contract expires.
Reid Fragel- the Jason Fox experiment is officially over and with Waddle stepping in at RT the need for a starting Tackle isn’t dire. However with our tackles going down fairly easily the need for young depth arises and with Fragel just sitting on the Bengal’s PS, we could poach him and have him be a great backup