Lions move closer to top 10 in draft order


Detroit's collapse in the second half of this season means that once again the Lions will have a pick in the top half of the NFL draft and have an opportunity to acquire even more high-end talent to try to snap the Lions' continually struggling ways.

If the season ended today, Detroit would own the No. 12 pick, the highest selection of any of the current 7-8 teams in the NFL.

Detroit would be unable to draft any higher than No. 9, and depending what happens next week, could draft as low as No. 21.

The Lions, as of now, would likely target a cornerback or wide receiver early in the draft, although things could change if and when there is a shakeup in the leadership of the organization.

Linebacker could be a possibility as well, depending on what the defense could look like a few months from now.

Among the potential targets could be Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, USC receiver Marqise Lee, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert and Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

All are on Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest Big Board. Back when the Lions were the No. 15 pick, Todd McShay had the Lions taking Lee at that spot.