The Detroit Lions made eight picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. That's how many picks they had going into the draft, and they finished the draft with three picks that originally belonged to them, two compensatory picks that were awarded to them by the NFL, one pick that came from the Seattle Seahawks and two picks that came from the Dallas Cowboys.
Here are more numbers on the Lions' 2014 draft class:
- The Lions used three of their picks on offensive players, four on defensive players and one on a specialist. On offense, the Lions added a tight end (Eric Ebron), wide receiver (TJ Jones) and center (Travis Swanson). The defensive picks included a defensive end (Larry Webster), defensive tackle (Caraun Reid), outside linebacker (Kyle Van Noy) and cornerback (Nevin Lawson). Kicker Nate Freese was the only specialist drafted by the Lions.
- The Lions picked two players from the ACC (North Carolina and Boston College) and two players from independent schools at the FBS level (BYU and Notre Dame). Also, they had one pick each from the SEC (Arkansas), Mountain West (Utah State), Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (Bloomsburg) and Ivy League (Princeton).
- The Lions selected four players who took pre-draft visits with them (Ebron, Van Noy, Webster and Freese).
- Four of the Lions' picks played in the 2014 Senior Bowl (Van Noy, Swanson, Lawson and Reid).
- Two of the Lions' picks played in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game (Lawson and Webster). Jones was on the roster for the game as well, but he didn't play because of an injury.
- This year, the Lions made one pick in each of the first three rounds, two picks in the fourth round and one pick in each of the final three rounds.