Who’s still available for the Lions in the second and third rounds

Posted by ttwentyman on April 27, 2012 – 11:25 am

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.

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25 Responses to “Who’s still available for the Lions in the second and third rounds”

  1. By TLarks on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    JANORIS JENKINS! I don’t know how many times it needs to be spelled out so that you people will understand

  2. By brian f. on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    lamar miller should be moved up in order to take we need a running back our rushing makes us not be able to control the game i do like the first pick because you have to protect your best asset, our passing game. now you gotta go rb because its needed more than ever then you can focus on dbs and lbs but secondary first

  3. By Will on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly, I personally think we trust lacey this year sign oj atogwe to help delmas and take lavonte david second round and chris pead the rb from Cincinnati in the third to support best.

  4. By Bryan on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Courtney Upshaw, Peter Konz, Boykin

  5. By Josh on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    No to Jenkins, yes to Trumain Johnson. The Lions don’t need any more players with character issues.

  6. By Bill Francis on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Lets just be honest here people Mayhew is gonna end up BLOWING this draft no doubt in my mind. FYI Janoris Jenkins is gonna come back and bite the Lions in the rear end, he is way to good to make it down the 2nd rd. Also like the CB on the list but in all honestly I love Jenkins and Dwight Bentley but Trumaine Johnson may fit the bill. All i can say the Lions biggest need is the Defensive backfield and Mayhew and Lewand always go offense so what else is NEW??? Nothing all i can say if the Lions go 10-6 or 11-5 and match up in the 1st round with a Pass happy team such as GB, ATL, or the Saints they will be knocked out of the playoffs once again because our Defense is the weakest link of the team by far. So guess what people just get used to Mayhew picking players based on the offense. If the Lions could hold a team 21pts they can go 12-4 but Defense wont be able to so thats that.

  7. By Tim on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Janoris Jenkis FTW in my opinion the second best Corner in the draft just has a little off the field stuff we need to worry about talent not character right now.

  8. By hardyz55 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I agree

  9. By james on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    JANORIS JENKINS that’s all i want to hear tonight

  10. By charlesb927 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    TLarks i gotta agree with you on Jenkins

  11. By Brandon Stout on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Janoris Jenkins would be a wasted pick. He’s probably the future Charles Rogers but at the CB position.So would a RB for our 2nd pick. We’ve taken two RB’s in the past two years in the top two rounds. Leshoure is a beast and if he heals fine, which i’m positive he has, then he makes a great combo to have with Best. Sign FA safety Atogwe. Jacob Lacey can easily replace the lazy eric wright as a number 2 corner and if Alphonso smith can stay healthy we have a solid nickel corner. Theres too much talent at the LB & DE spot to pass up with this pick. Draft either Brown or David if they’re still available. If not, Take Branch.

  12. By Brad on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    @brian f.

    We don’t have a bad running game because our backs are bad. We have a bad running game because our offensive line is terrible at run blocking. Hence the number 1 pick. I suspect they were hoping for Gilmore, but once he fell off the board they didn’t see any other CBs worth a first round selection and so went with an offensive lineman who is a hard-nosed space maker to help shore up that run game.

    Tonight I fully expect that #2 pick to be a CB such as Jenkins or Robinson, though I wouldn’t be completely surprised if they go RB if LaMichael James is still on the board.

  13. By suhnum1fan on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    i hope they take amini silatolu. This would set us up nicely in the future

  14. By T star on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins has 15 kids with 1000 different women in 8 different states. No thank you.

  15. By craig on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Why does everyone want Janoris, we already have enough pot smokers

  16. By Tony on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Trade up and get Janoris Jenkins in the second round. We need a shutdown Corner. Even if you have to give up a 3rd round pick……..

  17. By curtieson on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    “….after three arrests and testing positive for marijuana multiple times….” Leave Jenkins on the board…you need class characters before raw talent. Raw Talent is what every one of those bust WR also had…looking at you Rogers.

  18. By Loso on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    we need jekins and he can get a pot card and be legal

  19. By fred on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I understand why people are insisting on OL, but Stafford had a great season last year proving we dont really need more than 1 new OL. RB was an issue, but new season and all 3 are back to “normal” from what I’m hearing…why not pick another WR threat to help megatron? Titus is great, but IMO burleson hasn’t lived up to expectations as a number 2 receiver..and no, the d-

  20. By Jarrid on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    How has Burleson not been a good #2? I personally like Jenkins, even with the off the field issues. I also think we could use another RB, Pead in the 3rd round would be a good value at that spot.

  21. By Jarrid on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    On second thought, why not trade our 5th round for Jenkins from Dallas Cowboys. Word is they are trying to trade him now since they drafted Claiborne from LSU. That way we still have a 2nd round available to grab a Lamichael James which should be a step up from Pead, or a LB or DE.

  22. By Kona on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to see us trade up for Glenn! SF drafted Davis/Itupu (think his name is) first round a couple years back and they are what is allowing them to run the ball over people. Give us a big mean guard and we have 2 outstanding players for next 10 years protecting our CB and helping our run game. Oline is more responsible for running game them RB…see Chris Johnson last season, see Texans RBs last season.

  23. By Don on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    There are a Ton of CBs still out there that can Cover,play Zone and tackle.
    I am only going to mention one here though, and I’m Not going to say that we should take him allthough I do believe that he could be a Help to this Team.
    George Iloka, Boise St. 6’4″ 225 lbs.Arns:341/2 Hands:9 5/8
    This Dude is fast,big,strong,smart, Ball hawk,tackler.OH, and he is a safety

  24. By dcleve126 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    alright I have eagerly watched what the lions have done, its funny but i had this thought right before the second round begun that the Lions was going to select another wide receiver, my reasoning was megatron is not going to have the same type of season two years in a row he is going to need some help because now he will get even more attention than before.
    Bam the Lions grab the best receiver before injury reading other comments and it seems my fellow lion fans are not pleased. But please think about what we have if everyone is healthy this coming season and does 75% of what they are capable of. Now they did address defense it was not Jenkins and while everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves we have enough characters on this team that is learning how to mature without adding a proven problem cause no mattter how gifted, it does us no good if we cannot keep him on the field.
    Now I am expecting a runningback, corner, saftey, and possibly a LB with cliff Avril qualities. Now these picks all will have some teaching area’s that need to be developed but we are on the right track. GO LIONS

  25. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait for this season!!! Super Bowl here we come! GO LIONS!!!

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