The Lions hold the 45th overall pick, which is the 13th pick of the second round. Here is what the experts predict for that pick:
|| Marqise Lee, WR, USC
|| Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
|| No pick
|| Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
|| Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
|| No pick
|| Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
Only five of the eight highlighted mock drafts braved a second-round offering. But those that did each had a different player going to Detroit.
Miller and Burke both opted for wide receivers, which makes quite a bit of sense. The Lions are seeking a third wideout to play alongside Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
They chose very different players, however. Lee is a smaller, quicker, more precise player who is similar to Tate in that he's able to play both in the slot or on the outside. Robinson, as noted in the video above, is a bigger, stronger sort of playmaker who offers more physicality and grit.
Of those, I prefer Lee. His 2013 season was hampered by a lingering knee injury, which has watered down his stock. The same was true of Keenan Allen a year ago and Alshon Jeffery (his issue was weight, not a knee) in the 2012 draft. Both wound up right away dramatically outperforming their draft slotting, and Lee can do the same.
Both Brugler and Drafttek opted to bolster the defensive front.
Crichton is a high-motor, disruptive edge player with the versatility to play both tackle and end. However, as noted by Darren Page in his Bleacher Report profile on the Oregon State DE, Crichton is not a great athlete and lacks ideal size. He would compete with 2013 fourth-rounder Devin Taylor and veteran Jason Jones for reps at left defensive end.
Van Noy is an outside linebacker who can step in right and play in all situations. His all-around game is quite impressive; check out how long the "positives" checklist is in Page's B/R draft outlook. He's not the strongest or most physical athlete.
Then there's Kiper's choice, Stanley Jean-Baptiste. The converted wide receiver has outstanding length, which is the buzzword du jour for teams trying to emulate Seattle's Super Bowl-winning strategy. Despite that, he's not a good fit in Detroit.
As noted in Ian Wharton's B/R feature, Jean-Baptiste is best-suited for a Cover 2 zone scheme. The Lions are looking to play more man coverage under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, as nicely broken down by Kent Lee Platte of Detroit Lions Draft. Also, Kiper has the Lions doubling down on defensive backs and ignoring pressing needs at wide receiver and linebacker.
My personal choice would be Van Noy. I love his versatility and intelligence, both of which would allow him to quickly assimilate and contribute right away. In fact, I'd be willing to take Van Noy in the first round.
Any of the other options here would be acceptable, except Jean-Baptiste. From my cornerback big board at RealGM:
18. Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Notes: Possesses outstanding size at 6’2” and a sturdy 218 pounds. Plays fast and has experience in all sorts of coverages. Fairly fluid mover, can turn and run though lacking in short-area burst. Lacks instincts. Was an underachiever most of his career, didn’t start full-time until ’13. Has tiny hands (8.5”) for his length. Other than about 5 games his senior year he looked nothing like a NFL prospect except for his size. Caveat draftor.