ESPN's scouting expert McShay sees Lions drafting CB Amukamara
Todd McShay, ESPN Scouts Inc. director of college football scouting, thinks there’s a chance the Lions will be able to draft cornerback Prince Amukamara (Nebraska) with the 13th overall pick. That's how he has the pick in his latest mock draft.
Amukamara would appear to be a perfect pick for the Lions who have to beef up the secondary either through the draft or free agency.
However, Amukamara who is rated as the second-best corner in the draft behind Patrick Peterson, could be gone at that point.
“I think linebacker is the biggest need after corner when I look at Detroit and look at their impact players. I think they’re one or two impact players away at the linebacker spot,’’ McShay said in a conference call on Wednesday morning.
“The problem is at 13 who are you going to bring in that’s worth that pick. I think the answer is you’re not going to find someone. If it’s not Amukamara I get the sense that maybe offensive tackle becomes the spot that they go to,’’ McShay added.
McShay has four defensive linemen, two quarterbacks (Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton), two wide receivers, two offensive tackles, one linebacker and one cornerback (Patrick Peterson at seventh to San Francisco) going in the first 12 picks.
In the second round of his mock draft he has the Lions taking OG Danny Watkins from Baylor.
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