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Sunday, May 11, 2014
Mel Kiper Jr. grades the Lions

By Michael Rothstein

It was a draft that started with criticism on Thursday night and ended with the feeling of an average draft -- not an average draft for the Detroit Lions, which isn't always good, but an average draft for an average NFL team.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., who does this every year, feels similarly. He seemed impressed about what the Lions could present offensively at their skill positions and, like I wrote in this space, really liked the selection of Kyle Van Noy in the second round. But Kiper also sees the the same issues everyone else does.

The Lions went into the draft needing help in the secondary. They leave the draft not much better in the area. Overall, Kiper Jr. gave the Lions a B-minus grade, right in line with what an average draft would be.

To read the rest of Kiper's analysis, check out this linkInsider.

In tandem with Kiper's analysis, draft analyst Todd McShay listed his favorite pick by team and, somewhat in line with what I wrote Saturday, he believes in Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid. The fifth-round selection has nice size, extreme intelligence and won't be counted on right away. He can develop into a role and has talented people to learn from in Ndamukong Suh, C.J. Mosley and Nick Fairley.

Here's what I wrote about Reid on Saturday -- and what McShay wrote about him Sunday.