Detroit Lions: Draft Possibilities With the 34th Pick

Zac JonesCorrespondent IApril 18, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 2: Defensive back Patrick Robinson of Florida State runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Seeing how the draft is only four days away, I figure I'd go ahead and make my final "Why They Should be Drafted " post of the year. For those who have read my previous "WTSBD " pieces, this one is a bit different.  

No mock draft, but a look at some players who could fall to the Detroit Lions with their second round pick, or just be drafted there and not necessarily "fall." There will be some players who are obvious, some that you maybe haven't considered yet.

Everyone has their player that they want the Lions to pick, and here's to hoping that pick 34 doesn't have you throwing the remote while storming out the door and lighting a cigarette in disbelief, such as the selecting Mike Williams, the wideout from Southern California, did to Lions fans.


Jahvid Best, RB, Cal

It seems more and more that Best will fall to the second round. The teams in the later first round that are looking for a running back are geared more towards a bigger back, like the Saints, Chargers, and Eagles, who all have smaller, speedy backs.

Best would be a "home run hitter " type of player in Detroit, someone who has great hands, and amazing vision. Best could very well be a huge value, pending he can play in the flats at the professional level and be a solid check down receiver as well as a guy who can get the 20-plus yard runs.


Maurkice Pouncey , G/C, Florida

After the signing of Rob Sims recently, it doesn't seem as likely that Detroit will go after an offensive lineman with the second pick. Then again, what's not to like about Pouncey?

The guy can play guard and center, and adds depth and security. Every Lions fan knows how bad the guard position was last year and this guy can solve it.

But as I stated before, with Sims now here, drafting him as a guard is less likely. The best option for him is to play center, a more natural position.

Even though Dominic Raiola is currently the starting center, Detroit just may consider this pick-up if he isn't taken in the later first round.


Cornerbacks Kyle Wilson (Boise State), Devin McCourty (Rutgers), Patrick Robinson (Florida State)

It's pretty easy to say that Detroit is looking at drafting a corner here, seeing how they hardly have any.

Kyle Wilson is the guy who would really have to fall here. Two months ago, Wilson was a projected 3rd round pick, but ever since his stock has drove right up the charts. Wilson is a fast, strong cornerback and he would really be my top choice for the pick.

Patrick Robinson, on the other hand, in my opinion is the most realistic choice. He's a guy that fits Jim Schwartz scheme, he's fast, strong and tough.

Devin McCourty seems like the wild card here. Even though he may go in the first round, and has a great skill set, he just dosen't seem to fit the Lions defensive system.

I think a lot of this depends on if Detroit signs a corner like Adam "Pac Man " Jones or Lito Sheppard. If they can get one of those guys, or even both, who knows, Detroit may be willing to skip on a corner and draft another position. 


Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

If you remember my reaction of the Mike Williams draft pick from the top of the article, you will get my opinion on this guy. While he has great size and speed, (6'6" 278lbs, 4.68 40 yard dash ) for an end. I just don't like the guy.

I believe in the theory that great character on a team can get you more wins. It's easier to build team chemistry. And in football that's a big deal, having to be in sync with the guy next to you.

From everything I've seen on Dunlap indicates that he's lazy and has a "all about me " attitude. To add to my disliking of him, his numbers on the field were not as good as they should have been, yet still respectable.

But there's just something about this guy that would really bother me if Detroit took him.


Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

...Just kidding.


Nate Allen, FS , South Florida

In my mock draft, I have Dallas taking him with their pick. Yet like every player in the draft, he can fall down the charts.

Nate Allen is a guy I have liked for a long time now, he can play free safety next to Delmas, and even has the ability to come up and cover the slot receiver without a problem.

If Detroit wants to use this pick for backfield help, and the corners they want are gone, and he's here, I'd find it hard to see them drafting a different defensive back.

If Detroit decides to stay with the number two pick in the draft and add Suh or McCoy to fix up the need for a DT, I believe it has to be one of these guys.

My gut tells me they are going to end up with Jahvid Best, but a cornerback wouldn't surprise me one bit, nor frustrate me. Although I hear they are also looking into drafting a defensive end or offensive lineman with the pick.

I don't know if it's just me, but that would bother me, unless someone like Everson Griffen or Brandon Graham falls to the second round.

The biggest need is running back or cornerback with this pick, and as you can see, there will be quality players available. 

Let me know other players you think Detroit might take, I know I left a few off the list, such as Guys like Brandon Ghee, Chris Cook and perhaps Jonathan Dwyer.