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In the second round, the Lions will be looking primarily for a defensive end or a defensive back to help shore up their porous pass defense. At the moment, there is one defensive player who would be a perfect fit for the Lions who is currently out of action with a torn ACL by the name of Cornellius Carradine.
While Carradine has a few questions surrounding him, such as health and consistency due to getting injured in his only season in D-I football, he has middle of the first round talent that is simply too much to pass up this late in the draft. This is especially true since the Lions seem comfortable drafting players with injury histories—even ACL tears.
Carradine has massive potential as a defensive end, and is one of the few in this draft who project to be great pass-rushers and run defenders. Many draft analysts, including Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller, have anointed him as the most talented defensive end in the draft. While I would not go quite that far, he is without a doubt a steal for a second-round pick. He is a powerfully built athlete with prototypical size, good burst, great power and a non-stop motor.
Carradine is also strong enough to anchor against the run. Although he's not a fully developed defensive end, most of his flaws, such as a propensity to get upright, a lack of pass-rush moves and limited experience against competent double-teams, should all improve with more playing time and the Lions' great coaching staff.
The Lions are also in dire need of a defensive end who can play against the run while not disappearing as a pass-rusher. Carradine can offer this, and for this reason, as well as his All-Pro potential, he is a no-brainer second-round pick if his red flags drop him to Detroit.
Since a big-time pro day could vault him into the middle of the first round, if he is no longer available I would take Larry Warford, the guard from Kentucky. He is an elite power guard who mauls in the run game and is quick enough to shut down pass-rushers, like he did all season in the SEC.
It may seem like double dipping to take two offensive linemen with the Lions' first two picks, but they need more talent at the position, and Warford should carry a first-round grade.