ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both released new 2014 NFL mock drafts last Thursday. The new set of mocks comes after the completion of the first part of the draft process -- things like the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and so on. Next up is the NFL Combine, and then pro days will take place around the country.
In Kiper's latest mock draft, the Detroit Lions are once again projected to pick Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. With Sammy Watkins being taken fifth overall, Kiper elected to give the Lions the top cornerback on his board. Why? Well, Kiper said that the Lions should "place a bet on another young corner or two." Considering they have picked four cornerbacks in the last two drafts combined, I don't really think that's necessary, but it seems the whole "the Lions need to draft a cornerback" idea isn't going away anytime soon.
McShay elected to go the wide receiver route with his latest mock draft. Even though Watkins went off the board one pick before the Lions went on the clock, McShay still opted to go with a wide receiver -- Texas A&M's Mike Evans, to be exact. McShay thinks that Evans could fill the Lions' need for a "difference-maker opposite Calvin Johnson," and he also thinks that Evans is the most dangerous receiver in the draft "when the ball is in the air." Works for me.
If it ends up coming down to these two players, would you rather see the Lions draft Gilbert or Evans with the 10th overall pick?