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2014 NFL Draft: Best available players for Lions on Day 2

There's still a lot of talent left for the Detroit Lions on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft. Let's examine who might be a good fit for them.

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Heading into the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions are scheduled to pick once in the second round (45th overall) and once in the third round (76th overall). With this draft being so deep, they could potentially come away with two starters on Friday night, and they could fill some of their top needs in the process.

Via SB Nation's list of the best available players going into Day 2 of the draft, here's a look at some possible options for the Lions at positions of need (the number is the overall ranking):

Wide receiver

29. Marqise Lee (USC)
39. Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)
48. Jarvis Landry (LSU)
53. Davante Adams (Fresno State)
57. Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss)

I can't imagine a wide receiver would go over too well considering the Lions just drafted a tight end in the first round. Eric Ebron should help fill the Lions' need at wide receiver considering he's going to get so much playing time out wide and in the slot, but there's a lot of talent left on the board at this position. Considering the Lions could still use a bit more depth at wide receiver, I guess it wouldn't shock me if Martin Mayhew went in this direction on Friday night.


67. Weston Richburg (Colorado State)
72. Marcus Martin (USC)
101. Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma)
112. Travis Swanson (Arkansas)
153. Tyler Larsen (Utah State)

Perhaps a more likely scenario for the Lions if they go offense again is to take their center of the future. Richburg and Martin are both intriguing options, but if you miss out on them it'd probably be best to wait until Saturday to address this need.

Defensive end

17. Kony Ealy (Missouri)
34. Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame)
37. Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State)
58. Scott Crichton (Oregon State)
77. Ed Stinson (Alabama)

If the Lions elect to go with a traditional defensive end to fill their need for a pass rusher, Ealy, Lawrence and Crichton stand out as potential options.

Outside linebacker

47. Kyle Van Noy (BYU)
54. Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech)
93. Christian Jones (Florida State)
102. Trent Murphy (Stanford)
119. Telvin Smith (Florida State)

Out of all the players listed in this post, Van Noy and Attaochu seem like the most realistic options for the Lions' second-round pick. The Lions want to get better on the edge, and both players have the ability to rush the passer and play outside linebacker.


49. Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)
56. Antone Exum (Virginia Tech)
60. Victor Hampton (South Carolina)
61. Bashaud Breeland (Clemson)
65. Pierre Desir (Lindenwood)

In addition to these cornerbacks, don't forget about Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste, who visited the Lions before the draft.


80. Dion Bailey (USC)
106. Terrence Brooks (Florida State)
156. Craig Loston (LSU)
165. Tre Boston (North Carolina)
173. Hakeem Smith (Louisville)

Thanks to a run on safeties in the first round, there's really not much left at this position for Day 2 of the draft. The Lions' best bet may be to wait and use one of their fourth-round picks on a safety.

Best of the rest

12. DT Louis Nix (Notre Dame)
14. OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (UCLA)
20. DT Ra'Shede Hageman (Minnesota)
33. QB Derek Carr (Fresno State)
35. OT Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama)

If Hageman (or Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan) happens to fall to the 45th pick, the Lions will have an interesting decision to make. Do you address a more pressing need on defense or go with the top defensive tackle to give yourself some added depth for the future?

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