2011 NFL Draft: 4 Players the Lions Should Target in Round 3 or Later

Austin BrinesContributor IIApril 9, 2011

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Running back John Clay #32 of the Wisconsin Badgers rushes with the ball against the TCU Horned Frogs during the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The late rounds of the NFL draft are the ones that the good teams and front offices pick up great players. Tom Brady was a sixth round pick, most notably. Marques Colston was also a sixth round pick. However, there is a ton of star players drafted in the later round as you can see. This is a list of four players who could be drafted late and will be good for the Lions. I predict all of them to go in either the third round or later. If the Lions grabbed all four of these players, the future will be bright. So, here are the sleepers of the 2011 NFL Draft...

  • John Moffit—G Wisconsin      Projected Round—Third to Fourth

The Lions need a guard and Moffit proves a physical specimen who could become a starter as soon as next year. he is a powerhouse and led a great Wisconsin offensive line. A third round pick used on him would be a great value pick.

  • John Clay—RB Wisconsin     Projected Round—Fourth to Sixth

The running back situation in Detroit is very interesting. Almost all teams in the league have a powerful 1-2 punch. Best cannot be a every down back, and he needs a partner. Clay can be that partner and run downhill in short yardage. This thunder and lightning backfield would work great.

  • Aldrick Robinson—WR SMU    Projected Round—Fifth to Seventh

Robinson has been a consistent stud at SMU for the last three years. Last year he had 1300 yards and 15 touchdowns. He stands at 5'10" but runs a very fast 40 yard dash. Robinson will be a good producer in the NFL and the Lions could use him as their slot receiver. I could see him having a Mike Wallace type impact.

  • Mark Herzlich—ILB Boston College   Projected Round—Fourth to Sixth

Herzlich has an amazing story. After a phenomenal junior season, he was projected as an easy first round pick. Instead, he decided to stay in school. He was diagnosed with cancer, but fought his way through it. Last season, he proved he can still play football. A great leader and a player with a flair for creating turnovers, would be a great addition to the linebacking core.

What players do you think we should target late? Tell me in the comments. Thanks for reading!