In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions plucked several immediate contributors across many rounds. Now they have an opportunity to do the same in 2014.
There are players in every round that can provide help right off the bat at a variety of different positions. General manager Martin Mayhew scored last year, adding:
- First-rounder Ezekiel Ansah
- Second-rounder Darius Slay
- Third-rounder Larry Warford
- Fourth-rounder Devin Taylor
- Sixth-rounder Sam Martin (pictured)
All of those players except Taylor started the 2013 season opener, and Taylor worked his way into prominent rotation by the end of his rookie campaign.
What players can provide that sort of instant impact in 2014?
It will be tougher to find players making significant contributions right away. After all, every starting position except kicker has starting-caliber talent already in place.
Yet Detroit can add several players who can see meaningful action as rookies. Several positions, including outside linebacker, wide receiver and defensive ends and tackles, are in need of depth and players with upside.
Here are prospects, one from each round the Lions select, who could step right in and contribute for the Detroit Lions in 2014.