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Detroit Lions Current Draft Position: 10th Pick Overall

NFL Draft Order and Team Needs per nfl.com

2016 NFL Draft order and needs: Nos. 11-20 - NFL.com

Top need: Cornerback

Other needs: Offensive tackle, inside linebacker, defensive end

Senior prospects at positional needs: CB: Maurice Canady (Virginia), Danzel McDaniel (Kansas State), Will Redmond (Mississippi State); OT: Vadal Alexander (LSU), Taylor Decker (Ohio State), Spencer Drango (Baylor); ILB: Reggie Ragland (Alabama), Cassanova McKinzy (Auburn), Kentrell Brothers (Missouri), James Burgess (Louisville); DE: DeForest Buckner (Oregon), Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State), Shawn Oakman (Baylor).

Analysis: The Lions are in desperate need of a playmaker in the secondary who can take the ball away and flip the momentum and the field. Riley Reiff is built to be a right tackle or a guard, and the sooner the Lions can lock in on a young, bell-cow left tackle and move Reiff to a more natural spot, the better off they will be. Finding a tone-setter in the middle of the defense should also be a priority as should finding a bookend pass rusher to give Ziggy Ansah help.

Potential 1st Round Pick Prospects

Quarterbacks

Connor Cook (MSU): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Jared Goff (California): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Paxton Lynch (Memphis): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Running Backs

Derrick Henry (Alabama): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Wide Receivers

Corey Coleman (Baylor): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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DeMarcus Robinson (Florida): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

Josh Doctson (TCU): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Michael Thomas (Ohio State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Tyler Boyd (Pittsburgh): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Will Fuller (Notre Dame): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Tight Ends

Hunter Henry (Arkansas): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Jake Butt (Michigan): Walter Football Profile

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Offensive Tackle

Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Jack Conklin (MSU): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Jason Spriggs (Indiana): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Taylor Decker (Ohio State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Offensive Guard

Cody Whitehair (Kansas State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Vadal Alexander (Ohio State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Defensive End

Carl Nassib (Penn State): Walter Football Profile

Deforest Buckner (Oregon): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Emmanuel Ogbah (Oklahoma State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Joey Bosa (Ohio State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Jonathan Allen (Alabama): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Jonathan Bullard (Florida): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Shilique Calhoun (MSU): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Shaq Lawson (Clemson): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Defensive Tackle

A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Adolphus Washington (Ohio State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Andrew Billings (Baylor): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Hassan Ridgeway (Texas):Walter Football Profile

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Jarran Reed (Alabama): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Kenny Clark (UCLA): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Maliek Collins (Nebraska): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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3-4 OLB/Outside Linebacker

Darron Lee (Ohio State): Walter Football Profile

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Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Jordan Jenkins (Georgia): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Leonard Floyd (Georgia): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Myles Jack (UCLA): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Noah Spence (Ohio State/Eastern Kentucky): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Scooby Wright III (Arizona): Walter Football Profile

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Inside Linebacker

Reggie Ragland (Alabama): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Cornerbacks

Cameron Sutton (Tennessee): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Desmond King (Iowa): Walter Football Profile

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Jalen Ramsey (Florida State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Kendall Fuller (Va. Tech): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Mackensie Alexander (Clemson): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Tre'Davious White (LSU): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Safeties

Jamal Adams (LSU): Walter Football Profile

Jayron Kearse (Clemson): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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Von Bell (Ohio State): CBS Sports Profile Walter Football Profile

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This might be the most exciting draft ever for me as a Lions fan. I am looking forward to (assuming Sheldon White isn't GM) what the new man in charge does. I of course want to see what he does from a drafting perspective and what his overall philosophy is; does he like to move up like Mayhew, trade back and acquire picks, types of players he likes, etc. I am also intrigued to see if he is allowed to come in here and replace any and every player personnel and scout. I think without turnover on both of those fronts, the new GM could be destined for failure given the poor talent evaluation in the past. Nonetheless, this off-season and this draft is shaping up to be a very interesting and exciting one. Here's to hoping for the best!

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I actually think the Lions could be in a decent spot to be competitive in the future. Despite the last game's hilarious failure, they've been rounding into looking like a decent team. This is of course reliant on a competent GM and HC being hired which lol Lions but you never know.

I'd say my biggest needs (I'm ignoring needs that will obviously not be drafted, such as a TE, hopefully Ebron improves)

RT - Whether Waddle was a flash in the pan or if his injury simply ruined his career we don't know, but while the rest of the O-Line has improved since the OC change, RT has remained a disaster. Drafting a RT and signing another Manny Ramirez type to add depth to the interior sounds good to me.

DE - Ansah is a monster, and I've always liked Devin Taylor when he plays, but Tapp and Jones are old and not exactly great. Another young guy here would be nice.

DT - Reid has looked solid, but Ngata is old and they don't have much else. That Gabe Wright trade up sure looks dumb.

CB - I don't really want to spend a 1st round pick on this, but more depth would be good. I'd actually prefer a veteran FA here, as I think Slay/Diggs/Lawson has looked like a nice young core of late.

WR - Another spot where I'd prefer a veteran signing. The team could use a Slot WR with more speed/after the catch ability that isn't a washed up Lance Moore only signed because he played in New Orleans once.

I actually see a lot of potential in this team, I'm feeling weirdly optimistic. I think the past few weeks have shown that Stafford + Megatron and Tate can be a very good combination with competent coaching, at least for one more year. Abdullah looks good since he's stopped fumbling every time he touches the ball. Riddick is a weapon out of the backfield and the non-RT O-Line is young and playing a lot better of late. A healthy Warford and some improvement from Tomlinson could lead to some ability to actually run the ball on the interior next year.

Ansah and Reid have been playing at a high level on the D-Line, Whitehead has been strong at LB and you hopefully have Levy back next year, and everyone in the secondary is getting it done of late.

Obviously, it's the Lions, so I'm sure it will all go wrong. But a decent draft and FA season could make the Lions a contender next year. Please hire a decent GM.

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How would you guys rank the 2013 draft:

Round 1: Ansah

Round 2: Slay

Round 3: Warford

Round 4: Devin Taylor

Round 5: Sam Martin

Round 6: Fuller

Round 6: Riddick

Round 7: Michael Williams

Round 7: Hepburn

Mayhew's best draft?

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Ola was looking good before going out of the last game. Not saying he's the future, but its worth mentioning IMO

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How would you guys rank the 2013 draft:

Round 1: Ansah

Round 2: Slay

Round 3: Warford

Round 4: Devin Taylor

Round 5: Sam Martin

Round 6: Fuller

Round 6: Riddick

Round 7: Michael Williams

Round 7: Hepburn

Mayhew's best draft?

It was a great draft and if he had more like it, we'd be closer to being a consistently winning franchise and he'd likely still have a job.

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How would you guys rank the 2013 draft:

Round 1: Ansah

Round 2: Slay

Round 3: Warford

Round 4: Devin Taylor

Round 5: Sam Martin

Round 6: Fuller

Round 6: Riddick

Round 7: Michael Williams

Round 7: Hepburn

Mayhew's best draft?

Has to be. Ansah and Slay were fantastic picks. Warford too, but he was a bit easier where as the other two were questioned by many. I really like Taylor, Riddick was a huge steal, Martin was a good snag and the rest are at least on NFL rosters

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I don't think CB is a huge need anymore. They are pretty deep there. I think they need more talent at WR and safety before CB. You can never have enough pass rushers, and they could use a stud TE and RT also. I would also look at a developmental QB. I like Jake Rudock in the 5th or 6th round.

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I actually think the Lions could be in a decent spot to be competitive in the future. Despite the last game's hilarious failure, they've been rounding into looking like a decent team. This is of course reliant on a competent GM and HC being hired which lol Lions but you never know.

I'd say my biggest needs (I'm ignoring needs that will obviously not be drafted, such as a TE, hopefully Ebron improves)

RT - Whether Waddle was a flash in the pan or if his injury simply ruined his career we don't know, but while the rest of the O-Line has improved since the OC change, RT has remained a disaster. Drafting a RT and signing another Manny Ramirez type to add depth to the interior sounds good to me.

DE - Ansah is a monster, and I've always liked Devin Taylor when he plays, but Tapp and Jones are old and not exactly great. Another young guy here would be nice.

DT - Reid has looked solid, but Ngata is old and they don't have much else. That Gabe Wright trade up sure looks dumb.

CB - I don't really want to spend a 1st round pick on this, but more depth would be good. I'd actually prefer a veteran FA here, as I think Slay/Diggs/Lawson has looked like a nice young core of late.

WR - Another spot where I'd prefer a veteran signing. The team could use a Slot WR with more speed/after the catch ability that isn't a washed up Lance Moore only signed because he played in New Orleans once.

I actually see a lot of potential in this team, I'm feeling weirdly optimistic. I think the past few weeks have shown that Stafford + Megatron and Tate can be a very good combination with competent coaching, at least for one more year. Abdullah looks good since he's stopped fumbling every time he touches the ball. Riddick is a weapon out of the backfield and the non-RT O-Line is young and playing a lot better of late. A healthy Warford and some improvement from Tomlinson could lead to some ability to actually run the ball on the interior next year.

Ansah and Reid have been playing at a high level on the D-Line, Whitehead has been strong at LB and you hopefully have Levy back next year, and everyone in the secondary is getting it done of late.

Obviously, it's the Lions, so I'm sure it will all go wrong. But a decent draft and FA season could make the Lions a contender next year. Please hire a decent GM.

Yah, the offseason will be interesting, but we have the resources to put this team in contention. DL depth/talent is priority #1, then after that you need to focus on RT,S and maybe CB. RB,WR,TE and LB all need at least a body added.

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I don't think CB is a huge need anymore. They are pretty deep there. I think they need more talent at WR and safety before CB. You can never have enough pass rushers, and they could use a stud TE and RT also. I would also look at a developmental QB. I like Jake Rudock in the 5th or 6th round.

Yah, add another body or 2 on the cheap. Another Josh Wilson and another late round Diggs type. Beef up the DL and help the CBs out that way. IDK about Rudock.....

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My first roster moves as a new GM would be to see what value I can get for Stafford and Calvin. If someone is willing to pay me a Jake Cutler type of haul, a 1st + 2nd + 3rd + a player (ala Brian Hoyer, Josh McCown, Mark Sanchez) for Stafford, then he's gone. If he goes and wins a Super Bowl with that team and the guy I select to replace him busts out, well, that's a risk I'm willing to take and I suppose lose my job over.

Let's say the Lions trade Stafford to the Texans. From there they end up with the Texans pick at (let's say) #14 and their own pick at #12. I'm trading back one of my two picks and looking to add more picks. Which pick I trade back depends on who is still available at QB and whether or not I think I can get them at #12 or #14. With one pick I'm taking whose ever let of Cook, Goff or Lynch. I don't think we will be drafting high enough to get Lynch, but I'd feel plenty satisfied taking Connor Cook as my future QB. With my other, lower end first I'm taking the best available tackle, probably Jack Conklin or Taylor Decker.

If I can get either a 2nd + 3rd or 2nd + 4th for Calvin, he's gone too. In either case, I think our next GM would be foolish not at least shop around and see what the value is for both Calvin and Stafford. I'd be doing it aggressively, I hope our new man in charge will do his do diligence as well.

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Rudock impressed me against PSU/OSU, but to me he's Kellen Moore in the NFL. His arm is not good enough to play in the league. It wasn't good enough to play in the Big 10 for 2/3rds of the season.

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Ok, 2 requirements on new GM. Can't be Sheldon White, can't be Tater

So you wouldn't at least shop Stafford and see what you could get? You'd reject a deal to get one or multiple 1sts + a 2nd + a 3rd?

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Rudock impressed me against PSU/OSU, but to me he's Kellen Moore in the NFL. His arm is not good enough to play in the league. It wasn't good enough to play in the Big 10 for 2/3rds of the season.

I disagree wholeheartedly about Rudock's arm strength. Much better than Moore, it's not even a good comparison. Moore is also lefty.

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So you wouldn't at least shop Stafford and see what you could get? You'd reject a deal to get one or multiple 1sts + a 2nd + a 3rd?

Yes, not enough for a franchise QB. Not trading Stafford.

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I guess I just look at both Lynch and Cook in a high enough regard to take that risk.

I don't.

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So you wouldn't at least shop Stafford and see what you could get? You'd reject a deal to get one or multiple 1sts + a 2nd + a 3rd?

I'll explore anything, but it definitely wouldn't be my first move and it would be a 99% chance I didn't do it. The QB class sucks and we likely won't be bad enough any time soon to get a good QB high in the draft. Is the plan to then tank? Seems like you're setting up to be the Rams at that point. That's not my future goal. I'd rather be the Cardinals and build around a guy like Stafford/Palmer and set him up to have success.

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I disagree wholeheartedly about Rudock's arm strength. Much better than Moore, it's not even a good comparison. Moore is also lefty.

Couldn't complete a throw downfield the entire season and often struggled on intermediate routes. Showed almost no zip on his short passes either. I'm not a scout but it seems pretty obvious to me. Even in his excellent last two games he was primarily working 5-15 yards downfield and his big plays were about outsmarting the defense not beating them with his arm. I was not comparing the two as overall players, merely that they're guys who are nothing more than a #3 due to a lack of physical tools.

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Ok, 2 requirements on new GM. Can't be Sheldon White, can't be Tater

I'd at least give White a chance to interview.

But agree on Tater.

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So you wouldn't at least shop Stafford and see what you could get? You'd reject a deal to get one or multiple 1sts + a 2nd + a 3rd?

No, I wouldn't.

I would draft a mid-rounder QB to develop.

If he turns into a Tom Brady great. Trade Stafford when the time is right. But the team right now is too close to being a competitive playoff team to just toss away your starting QB.

Complete nonsense.

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Would you rather have Rudock or Hogan from Stanford, if he was available in a later round?

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