The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and as usual there was no shortage of awe-inspiring performances—particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
That's certainly good news for the Detroit Lions who are facing the potential loss of seven defensive starters via free agency. For that reason they'll look to build for the future in this summer's draft, but they'll also need to find players capable of contributing immediately.
Someone needs to fill in for all those departed starters.
Every team, including the Lions, had a wish list of prospects prior to the combine, but that list probably looks different now. Players who put up great numbers this weekend are shooting up everybody's draft boards quicker than Marcus Lattimore with two healthy knees.
Here are six defensive prospects whose stocks are on the rise, and who the Lions should target for April's draft.
* All combine stats courtesy of nfl.com