Detroit Lions top 5 possible first-round draft picks
- 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 TheSportsExchange.com 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.
- 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).
- 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 CBSsports.com 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.)
- 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.
- 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.