Round one of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books and the Lions found their left tackle of the future in Iowa’s Riley Reiff with the 23rd pick.
Tom Lewand, Martin Mayhew and the coaching staff will be sequestered back into the war room in Allen Park tonight for rounds two and three.
So, who are some names that make senses for the Lions tonight?
Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
At 6-feet-2 and 204 pounds, Johnson has elite size for the position. The big worry with any prospect from a small school is whether he was challenged enough. Johnson is a bit raw and it’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to the precision and physicality of NFL receivers.
Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
Robinson ran a combine-best 4.33-second 40-yard dash and performed well in all the other drills. He doesn’t have elite size (5-10, 199), but was a three starter at Central Florida and has a lot of experience. The big question mark with Robinson is his man-cover skills.
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Branch is an athletic defensive end who could also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Those are just the type of speed rushers the Lions like to set out wide and target the quarterback. Branch was one of the Lions’ 30 pre-draft visits and would be a terrific pick in the second round.
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
The Lions also took a closer look at Curry in the pre-draft process and he fits the mold of what they like in their defensive ends. He had 23 sacks the last two years and is a pure pass rusher. Lions might have to move up to get him, though.
Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
The Lions return all three starters at linebacker, but still need depth and talent at the position. David is a bit undersized (6-1, 233) but makes up for it with instincts and speed. He was extremely productive at Nebraska and was a tackle machine.
Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
There is no substitute for speed in the NFL and Brown might be the fasted linebacker prospect to ever enter the NFL. Brown set the North Carolina record in the indoor 60-meter dash as a sophomore and that speed translates well to the football field. He was a pre-draft visit for the Lions.
RB LaMichael James, Oregon
James has great speed and quickness and excels in the open field. In the Lions offense, he could get a lot of those opportunities. During his pre-draft visit, James said he’d love to return kicks and play special teams, which s a plus for the Lions. He’s also insurance for Jahvid Best.
RB Lamar Miller, Miami
Miller is a terrific running back prospect for the Lions because he’s a hybrid of both Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best. He has terrific speed, but also shows great power when he runs between the tackles. He has to get much better as a pass protector, though.
OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
Could the Lions go offensive line with their top-two picks? They could if Silatolu is still on the board when they pick at No. 54. The Lions wanted a closer look during the pre-draft process. Silatolu is a mauler on the interior.
Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Martin Mayhew, Tom Lewand
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