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Detroit Lions top 5 possible first-round draft picks

While there are so many variables, that doesn’t stop the speculation about the NFL draft that starts on April 30.

Without (much) hesitation, here are the current top five possible picks for the Detroit Lions to draft in the first round with their 23rd overall pick:

  1. Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Miami-Fla.) could step in and immediately upgrade the Lions’ offensive line. At 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds, Flowers (in photo at right)  is an intimidating and physical presence. Frank Cooney of calls him a “mean-spirited mauler who loves to outmuscle opponents until the whistle stops blowing.’’ He’s played both sides so could step in at left or right tackle.

  2. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Texas) has been connected with the Lions in mock drafts for months. Why? He’d be a good fit. He’s got experience, maturity and size (6-foot-2, 319 pounds).

  3. Running back Todd Gurley (Georgia) could fill Reggie Bush’s shoes. Gurley, is coming off ACL surgery in November, which makes him a bit of a risk. But from all indications, he is worthy of first-round consideration and would go higher if not for the injury. ACL injuries are not as career-threatening as they once were. Gurley (in photo at right) is built for the NFL at 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds. Rob Rang of compares him to Marshawn Lynch. He’s one of two running backs who the Lions brought in for a pre-draft visit. (The other was Indiana’s Tevin Coleman.)

  4. Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings (Pittsburgh) is a defensive end who turned himself into a right tackle. Because of his athletic upside some draft experts believe he could be the first offensive lineman off the board.

  5. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (Central Florida) would, of course, be the best story since his dad, Brett Perriman, was a solid wide receiver for the Lions from 1991 to 1996. The older Perriman is 5-foot-9, but his son is 6-foot-2 and uses his size and strength to make a catch. It’s his speed that has boosted him up the draft boards. He ran a 4.26 40-yard dash at his pro day. He’s one of three wide receivers the Lions welcomed for pre-draft visits. The others were Louisville’s DeVante Parker and UAB’s J.J. Nelson.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow..I think you forgot the two top picks at LT in this draft Collins and Humphries. Both are significantly better then Flowers or Clemmings. I know for a fact that the Lions have them higher on their draft board according to a source who is a scout. As a reporter you would think you have sources that could at least put you in the know.

12:16 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I'm going to safely assume since there's 100% chance both of those guys will be gone by the time the Lions pick at 23, thats why their not in this article, but way to be a dick anyways.

12:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha, anonymous on anonymous crime. However, this anonymous gives the win to the second commenter

3:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.Arik Armstead
2.Malcolm Brown
3.Landon Collins
4.Cameron Erving
5.La'el Collins

1:58 AM 
Anonymous Arsh Boss said...

1. Dj humphries
2. Malcom brown
3. Landon collins
4. La'el collins
5. Todd gurley

9:24 AM 
Anonymous Jacob said...

1. Shaq Thompson
2. Melvin Gordon
3. Jalen Collins
4. Arik Armstead
5. Eddie Goldman

9:38 AM 
Blogger one said...

1. DJ Humphries
2. Tod Gurley
3. Flowers
4. Malcolm Brown
5. Rowe

1:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Melvin Gordon
2. Melvin Gordon
3. Melvin Gordon
4. Melvin Gordon
5. Melvin Gordon

6:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would scratch Brown off of the list, Texas hasn't been kind to Detroit on draft day....Add the top safety/cbs in the draft definitely but it's not Collins because he can't play FS...WR can be addressed later with a trade in...DT looks like rounds 2,3..OT is quite possible IF the right guy is on the board..DE might move up in importance if Johnson was more important than advertised but he has to work in both a 3/4 and 4/3 set

3:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new list to chew on

1. Eric Rowe
2. Melvin Gordon
3. Todd Gurley
4. Flowers
5. Jalen Collins

4:04 PM 

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