Monday, April 29, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Detroit Lions

First Round: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

With the three big tackles off the board, the Lions pretty much had no choice but to go pass rusher here. Ansah certainly has some bust potential, but he also has crazy athleticism and could be JPP 2.0, according to many scouts. If they can get the most out of him, he will be a big difference maker on the defensive side of the ball for Detroit. The only thing keeping this from an A is that he certainly does have bust potential, as he is very raw. Milliner was the only other real option, but his stock has been plummeting due to injury concerns. I probably would have done the same thing if I were them.


Second Round: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State

I never understood all the hype around Slay, and it still baffles me that he ended up being an early second round pick. His teammate Banks is a much better prospect who should have gone before him. However, this is the range he eventually got projected to be drafted in, so this really isn't much of a reach for Detroit. What surprises me the most is that they didn't pick up a tackle like Watson with this selection. Corner is a need too, but not nearly as big as tackle.


Third Round: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

This is a great selection for Detroit. Warford had the potential to go very early in round two, so getting him a full round later is great value. Even better, this probably means Reiff will remain at tackle, which means there is only one hole at tackle on Detriot's roster, not two. Warford will be a day one starter and will probably be one of the best linemen Detroit has this year.


Fourth Round: Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina

Taylor is an intriguing physical prospect, but he has even more bust potential than Ansah. If they both ended up being busts this would be an abysmal draft for the Lions. This was also really there last chance to pick up a decent tackle prospect, which they failed to do. At least they didn't reach for Taylor and he does potentially fill a need.


Fifth Round: Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State

It would be one thing if Sam Martin was some exceptional punting prospect, but he isn't. They could have found one just as good with a 7th round pick. Even using a sixth rounder is a bit of a reach. It's not like they have a ton of picks with very few needs either. I don't understand when teams do this,


Sixth Round: Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech / Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame

Two nice depth picks. Riddick will be an extra backup to injury prone Reggie Bush. Fuller on the other hand has a shot at seeing some action on the field, especially if an injury occurs. This is decent value for him, as I thought he could go late in the fourth round if a team really wanted him. Good bounce-back round for the Lions.


Seventh Round: Michael Williams, TE, Alabama / Brandon Perburn, MLB, Florida A&M

Two decent seventh round depth picks. You can never argue with taking an Alabama player.



This was a very mixed draft for Detriot. I love some of their picks, and hate others. For the most part, they didn't reach on most players, which is always a plus. However, they neglected their biggest need of an offensive tackle. I'm confident Reiff will be OK at RT, but the blind side is going to be a major problem for Stafford. He is going to be badly effected by this.


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