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NFL Draft 2014: Detroit Lions eyeing Tyler Lewan, Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson in draft


The NFL Draft is still a few months away, but the combine this weekend in Indianapolis has brought the focus of the football world on the incoming draft class. The Detroit Lions are one of the teams with a top ten pick, but they’re far from a lock to pick a certain position when they go on the clock.

While the Lions have been looking for a solid No. 2 options to fly next to Calvin Johnson, they’re also looking to make sure Matthew Stafford has the proper protection to get the ball out to whoever his targets are. It’s for this reasons that Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News believes the Lions will be looking at one of the top offensive line prospects in the class.

Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan are considered the top offensive tackle prospects this year, and if one fell to the No. 10 pick in May, it could be tough for the Lions to pass.

Detroit may go in a different direction at No. 10, including moving down and grabbing another second or third round pick. But if any of the top pass protectors are available when they go on the clock, it will be interesting to see what Detroit does.

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  • Luke

    The Lions need a WR,LB,S there offensive line played great last season with Waddle who was a undrafted from Texas A&M and the 3rd round pick who is going to be great player Larry Warford OG who was on the All rookie team! I think the Lions have bigger issues than the Offense of line! Taylor Lewan is going to be a monster in the NFL and would love the Lions to have him but they have bigger needs.I don’t understand why every Mock draft has the Lions taking a Corner back? They drafted Darius Slay who is 6 foot and is a Athletic freak! With the proper coaching he can become a shutdown Corner and we have Chris Houston who is a good #2 CB he isn’t a #1 were he played last season so if you move Slay at #1 and Houston at #2 i think the Lions will be good at CB!

  • twelsh36446

    I don’t think the Lions would consider drafting an offensive lineman with the 10 pick. They have needs at other positions, and there offensive line is pretty much set except for an upgrade at where Sims is playing. I wouldn’t take Lewan anyway because he will fall to the end of the first round. I would like to see the Lions trade back and get more picks because this is a very deep draft class. If Watkins was there at 10 it would be a dream come true, but after him they’re pretty much a toss up at WR in this years draft. I believe we could get a decent WR further back in the first round, or even a CB or OLB. Detroit doesn’t necessarily have to pick a WR in the first round. They should take the best player available at a position of need with all of there picks.

  • The NFL Draft Guru

    The Lions aren’t looking for a T in the first round. Katzenstein was referring more to BPA and value if one of the highly rated tackles were to fall to them at #10. First of all, that’s probably not going to happen (aside from Taylor Lewan, who not everybody has rated that high). Second of all, with value on the board at a position that isn’t a real need means that the opportunity to trade back would be available, as you suggest.