Countdown to Combine: Detroit Lions OL


A closer look at the areas the Detroit Lions could address in the draft. We'll get started Monday with a look at the offensive linemen, who are scheduled to work out Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis.

Position of need: The Lions need to draft linemen as part of reshaping an offensive line that allowed 45 sacks of Matthew Stafford in 2014. The team already moved on from Dominic Raiola and has decisions to make on left guard Rob Sims and reserves Corey Hilliard and Garrett Reynolds. Detroit could have as many as three new starters by 2015's season opener.

Three players the Lions could target in the draft:

Ereck Flowers (OT), Miami (Fla.): It would be somewhat surprising if he fell to Detroit at No. 23, but if he were there, the Lions should grab him immediately. He has great size for a tackle at 6-foot-6, 325 pounds and has started at left and right tackle in his career. His ESPN/Scouts Inc. profile rates him above average in pass protection and run blocking along with having exceptional toughness. He is ranked as the No. 3 tackle in the draft and the No. 15 player overall.

La'El Collins (OT/OG), LSU: He has played both tackle and guard during his time with the Tigers, giving Detroit versatility in where he could play if needed in a pinch. Named the top offensive lineman in the SEC as a senior, the 6-5, 315-pound Collins is rated as the top guard in the draft according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. He projects better as a tackle, though, and was a second-team All-American as a senior.

Laken Tomlinson (OG), Duke: This is not a first-round selection, but the Lions have done well finding quality linemen in the second and third rounds the past two years -- Travis Swanson in 2014 and Larry Warford in 2013. If Tomlinson, who was an AP All-American as a senior, is around in the second or third round, he might be a wise pick for Detroit. He is 6-3, 325 pounds and is ranked the No. 3 guard in the draft class according to ESPN/Scouts Inc.