I had a lot of fun last week coming up with various 2014 NFL mock draft scenarios for the Detroit Lions, but this week I decided to try and nail down a more specific draft plan. The Lions now have eight total picks in this year's draft thanks to the addition of two compensatory selections, and those extra fourth-rounders really came in handy in my latest seven-round mock draft on First-Pick.com. Check it out:
Round 1 Pick 10: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA (A)
Round 2 Pick 13: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois (A)
Round 3 Pick 12: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (A)
Round 4 Pick 11: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (A)
Round 4 Pick 33 (COMP): Bryan Stork, C, Florida State (A)
Round 4 Pick 36 (COMP): Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin (A)
Round 6 Pick 13: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon (A)
Round 7 Pick 12: Chris Boswell, K, Rice (A)
With most of the top guys off the board, I elected to fill the Lions' need for a pass-rushing outside linebacker who could also see some time at defensive end by taking Anthony Barr. I stayed on defense in the second round by adding Jimmie Ward, who would be able to learn from James Ihedigbo before having to step into the starting lineup down the road.
I then switched my focus to offense for the Lions' next four picks, starting with Donte Moncrief in the third round. I really wanted to add a high-upside wide receiver to the mix, and I snagged even more depth by using one of the compensatory picks on Jared Abbrederis. The other compensatory pick got me Bryan Stork, who could be groomed to eventually replace Dominic Raiola. Before that, I jumped at the chance to draft Zach Mettenberger as the Lions' backup quarterback.
Finally, I closed out the draft by adding Terrance Mitchell as extra depth at cornerback and by selecting Chris Boswell, who would compete to be the Lions' starting kicker. I was hoping to also draft a defensive tackle and a true defensive end since Barr looks like more of a hybrid pass rusher, but I decided to avoid trades for this particular mock draft.
Assuming the Lions keep all eight of their picks, which positions do you think they should address in this year's draft?