Since most 2014 NFL mock drafts are only a round or two at most, we don't really get the full picture when it comes to predicting what a team like the Detroit Lions might do in May. If they pass on a wide receiver in the first round, for example, it's important to see how that would affect the rest of their draft plans. Similarly, how would taking a wide receiver affect the Lions' plans in the final six rounds?
Over at Fanspeak, there is a mock draft simulator that projects the picks for all seven rounds. You can take control of a certain team and make the picks yourself, or you can simply let the picks generate automatically. I decided to let them generate automatically for a seven-round 2014 NFL mock draft, and here's what the simulator came up with for the Lions:
Round 1: WR Marqise Lee (USC)
Round 2: WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)
Round 3: S Ed Reynolds (Stanford)
Round 4: DE Marcus Smith (Louisville)
Round 6: OLB Kasim Edebali (Boston College)
Round 7: CB Walt Aikens (Liberty)
The idea of going wide receiver back-to-back is an intriguing one. Adding both Lee and Matthews would certainly help upgrade the talent at wide receiver, and I suppose it would make a lot of sense if the Lions don't do enough to address the position in free agency. I'd like to see them also address a position like tight end, but going defense the rest of the way would certainly help the Lions shore up some holes on their depth chart on that side of the ball.
What are your thoughts on the possibility of the Lions opening up their draft with a pair of wide receivers?