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Kiper Mock Draft 1.0: Detroit Lions

1/15/2014

The Detroit Lions have the No. 10 pick in May’s NFL draft, and, despite a new coaching staff, there are fairly obvious needs for the team as it starts to transition away from hiring a coach and on to evaluating prospects and free agents.

The Lions’ top priorities are wide receiver, cornerback and potentially safety or linebacker, depending what the team decides to do with certain players.

At wide receiver, Detroit would be looking for someone who can play on the outside to complement star Calvin Johnson to give Matthew Stafford another game-breaking option. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, if he were still available at No. 10, would be the likely choice, but the team could also look at Marqise Lee from USC.

Cornerback is another hole to fill, but the only players at No. 10 who could be worth taking are Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert or Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be an option at safety if he is the best player available.

Linebacker is not an outright need, but depending on the scheme the new defensive coordinator will bring, they could use another playmaker to complement DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch.

Check out Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 to see what players he thinks the Lions should target with their first-round pick.