By: Cameron La Fontaine
This week OT Taylor Lewan from Michigan and WR Martavis Bryant from Clemson met with the Lions.
Lewan was able to leave last year and would’ve challenged OT Eric Fisher for first overall but chose to stay another year. This year, he is regarded as a top ten pick along with offensive tackles Jake Matthews from Texas A&M as well as Auburn’s Greg Robinson.
Lewan led Michigan’s offensive line as a fifth year senior. He was a first team All-American for his junior year by Associated Press and Walter Camp and second team All-American in his junior year.
Detroit, clearly weighing options with what to do with their first pick, has taken interest in Lewan at the tackle position. Lewan is a 6-foot-8 inch, 315 pound beast. A tackle that plays with great intensity and great emotion with clear potential for greatness.
The question is whether or not using the 10th overall pick on an OT is worth it for the Lions.
The Lions have brought back both starting tackles in Riley Reiff and LaAdrian Waddle as well as backup Cory Hilliard. The Lions don’t need Lewan but he’s a luxury pick. With the secondary and backup receiver core as weak as it is, the Lions need to look past Lewan and think about drafting a cornerback or safety at the 10th pick.
Martavis Bryant also visited the Lions this week. Bryant left Clemson after a successful junior year. Bryant finished the season with 42 receptions for 828 yards and seven touchdowns. He played in the shadows of star receiver, and probable top ten pick, Sammy Watkins last season at Clemson and still put up solid numbers.
Bryant only had one game over 100 yards but 83.3 percent of his catches were for first downs. His size, strength, and speed should catch the Lions’ eye immediately. He’s 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds and can go up to make the tough catches. He also had a 4.42-second 40-yard dash time which ranked fifth among receivers at the combine.
Bryant has the frame of a slightly smaller Calvin Johnson. It’s tough to measure Bryant’s potential production since he was playing as the number two wideout on a fantastic Clemson pass offense. Bryant is rated at the 12th-ranked wide receiver and 76th overall by ESPN. If Bryant is available at the Lions’ third round pick or even their later second round pick, Bryant could be a great option that comes in bringing size and completion for the two spot with Golden Tate.
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