2014 NFL Draft Quick Peeks: Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions have a top young quarterback, the most dominant receiver in the league, and a defensive line that’s as talented as any. However, they continue to struggle to win games. They’ll use the number ten selection to try and claw their way back into contention in a very competitive NFC North, where the Green Bay Packers still rule.

Who Should They Pick?: The secondary has been a weakness for a long time in Detroit. They need a talent infusion and Kyle Fuller does just that. He has good size, great instincts, and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He could make an impact quickly.

Who Will They Pick?: Fuller is the better player, but cornerback Justin Gilbert has a sky-high ceiling and will be hard to pass on. His speed means he’s never completely out of a play, and he also adds return ability. He’ll be an exciting player.

Backup Plan: The Lions signed Golden Tate this offseason, so they may not have receiver as high on the priority list, but if Mike Evans is on the board, they’ll be tempted anyway. A receiving corps of Calvin Johnson, Tate, and Evans would be hard to play against.

Darkhorse: HaHa Clinton-Dix is the best safety in the 2014 Draft, and could be an option for many of the teams selecting early. The Lions need secondary help and he’s a fit for them if their other preferences are already off the board.

Trade?: Fans are excited about the possibility of the team moving up to take Sammy Watkins. However, in a deep receiver class, this wouldn’t necessarily be a good strategy, as they have more pressing concerns. A trade down would be more likely if the player they covet is gone when they pick.

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