As we start to wind down the month of January, we're rapidly approaching mock draft season. Actually, we may already be in mock draft season considering four different analysts released 2014 NFL mock drafts last week. Interestingly, three of them projected the Detroit Lions to take a cornerback in the first round, while the other slotted a wide receiver in as the 10th overall pick. Take a look:
- Daniel Jeremiah: WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
- Bucky Brooks: CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
- Charles Davis: CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)
- Mel Kiper: CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
I certainly get the argument for drafting a cornerback in the first round. The Lions' secondary has not been good in a long time, and that's mainly because of their cornerback play. However, considering the Lions have Chris Houston and several recent draft picks at the position (Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green), this is far from their top need. They definitely need better play out of the position, but will adding yet another young cornerback to the mix really achieve that goal?
We'll almost certainly come back to this debate throughout the offseason, but I'd personally go with a wide receiver and hope that at least one of the young cornerbacks already on the roster makes a big jump this year. Wide receiver is in much more dire shape, and the Lions desperately need a legitimate No. 2 to go along with Calvin Johnson. It remains to be seen if Mike Evans will fit that profile, and it remains to be seen if someone like Sammy Watkins will actually be an option at No. 10, but I'm fully on the wide receiver bandwagon at this point.
What do you think?