The Detroit Lions came into the 2014 NFL Draft looking to fill a few major needs and build depth for the future. On the first two days of the draft, they filled a major need for a pass catcher and a pass rusher, and they also added an offensive lineman who should be a starter in the future. Then, on the final day of the draft, they added developmental players in the secondary, on the defensive line and at wide receiver, and they also nabbed a kicker.
In all, the Lions ended up making eight picks this year. Here's a look at their 2014 NFL Draft class:
- Round 1 - Pick No. 10 (10) - TE Eric Ebron (North Carolina)
- Round 2 - Pick No. 8 (40) - OLB Kyle Van Noy (BYU) *from Seattle*
- Round 3 - Pick No. 12 (76) - C Travis Swanson (Arkansas)
- Round 4 - Pick No. 33 (133) - CB Nevin Lawson (Utah State) *compensatory*
- Round 4 - Pick No. 36 (136) - DE Larry Webster (Bloomsburg) *compensatory*
- Round 5 - Pick No. 18 (158) - DT Caraun Reid (Princeton) *from Dallas*
- Round 6 - Pick No. 13 (189) - WR TJ Jones (Notre Dame)
- Round 7 - Pick No. 14 (229) - K Nate Freese (Boston College) *from Dallas*
Over the next couple weeks, we'll take a closer look at each pick with scouting reports, so keep an eye out for that series here on Pride Of Detroit.