The Detroit Lions head into the 2013 NFL draft holding the fifth overall pick. With holes on both the offense and defense, General Manager Martin Mayhew has work to do this off-season, now that the NFL Combine has eclipsed, cumulating at the draft.
|Lions need secondary help this off-season, Milliner could be|
that piece they target.
However, Milliner measured in at 6'0 201 lbs. at the combine, and capped it by running an official 4.37 40-yard dash. He has the size and speed the Lions our looking for, proving to many scouts the speed they questioned. He looked timid in drills on Tuesday, didn't have the confidence in his hands, and looked stiff in the hips at times. This shouldn't detour the Lions from selecting him in a thin draft class, due to his torn labrum that will require surgery after the combine that he played through.
He had 6 interceptions at Alabama, including 2 in 2012, showing his great explosion on the ball. With Chris Houston's future in Detroit in jeopardy, Milliner would be a great addition to an under-performing secondary.
Other Possibilities: DE Bjoern Werner, LT Luke Joekel, DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, LT Eric Fisher.
Second Round: 36th Overall, Jonathon Cooper, OG, North Carolina- Cooper has been shooting up NFL draft boards, however, with the need for defensive talent and wide receivers late in the first round, he just may slip.
|Lions are looking for a replacement|
for departed Stephen Peterman.
Other Possibilities: S Matt Elam, OLB Manti Te'o, S Eric Reid, CB Desmond Trufant, RB Gio Bernard.
|Thomas could be the safety to compliment|
current Lion Louis Delmas.
Other Possibilities: DE Corey Lemonier, S Baccari Rambo, RB Kenjon Barner.
Fourth Round: The Lions traded their fourth round draft pick last year in an effort to trade up for the 138th pick in the fifth round and select Tahir Whitehead.
|Williams is a home-run threat|
the Lions are looking for.
Other Possibilities: OLB Jamie Collins, DE Ty Powell, OG Jeff Baca, CB Tyrann Mathieu
|Mellette is a big receiver who the Lions|
could mold into a compliment to Johnson.
Other Possibilities: CB Johnny Adams, WR Marlon Brown, DE David Bass.
|Catapano is a diamond in the rough.|
He also, reportedly, is training MMA in preparation for his pro day. Mike Smith, who has trained great NFL defensive ends, had this to say on Catapano via his twitter account: "I've trained a lot of great Dl/LB/OLB, Mike Catapano wont take a backseat to anyone in this years draft! He will be special!"
Catapano would be a great developmental addition to the Lions suddenly depleted defensive end rotation. He has some upside, as well as great work ethic and a high character player for the Lions to mold into a late round gem.
Other Possibilities: P Dylan Breeding, OG Travis Bond, WR Ace Sanders.
Note: The Lions may receive a 4th and 7th round compensatory pick by losing Drew Stanton and Eric Wright via free agency, according to "blogging the beast" who correctly guessed 26 of 32 compensatory picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.