Thursday, March 13, 2014
Kiper's Mock 3.0: Lions
By Michael Rothstein
The Detroit Lions have never been bashful about one of their priorities this offseason -- finding a wide receiver to complement star Calvin Johnson.
Detroit solved some of that issue Wednesday afternoon, signing Golden Tate to a five-year contract that all but assures he will be the No. 2 receiver of the future for the Lions. But considering Detroit has to remake a good chunk of its receiver corps as the team transitions to an even more vertical offense, wide receivers are never a bad thing.
Sammy Watkins, who is unlikely to be available when the Lions pick at No. 10, and Mike Evans are the two players most often tied to Detroit when looking at offense.
And on defense, peeking at safeties, cornerbacks and linebackers are three areas the team is clearly investigating -- including a report that general manager Martin Mayhew was out at UCLA on Tuesday watching linebacker Anthony Barr.
Detroit should have options for all of these positions when it picks in the top 10 yet again.
Check out ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s Mock Draft 3.0 to see who he sees the Lions going with and what positions they might target.