Detroit has many choices with the tenth pick in the draft. The question is, who will they take?

Players like Sammy Watkins, Justin Gilbert, Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard, Anthony Barr, and Mike Evans have all proved to be big contenders for the Lions’ first round pick. Because Detroit doesn’t need a OT like Lewan starting next year, I don’t think he’ll be taken. The Lions largest area of desperation is in the secondary. RasheenMathis and Chris Houston are both returning along with Darius Slay, but Detroit is still missing skill and pressure in the secondary.

At the wideout position, Sammy Watkins is a very real possibility but Detroit will have to trade all the way up to the Rams’ number two pick. If Detroit made this trade with St. Louis, they’ll have to likely give up their 10th pick as well as their 45th overall second round selection unless they give away a player. Watkins would be an outstanding addition to the Detroit offense, but is it worth losing the second round pick. If Detroit takes Watkins at second overall, they’ll have to wait all the way until the third round to start working on a cornerback, safety, and pass rushing outside linebacker that they all desperately need. Is Watkins worth it?

Top 5 First Round Scenarios:

1. Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson
Yes, it’s worth it. This guy lives up to all the hype. In his last season at Clemson, Watkins had over 100 receptions for just under 1500 yards and had 12 touchdowns. Watkins has been nothing but impressive in the combine and pre draft workouts. Watkins also posted a picture on his Instagram of a custom Lions jersey with his name on the back. This doesn’t mean anything except that Watkins would not mind being in a Lions jersey. The Lions will have to trade up to the second pick for Watkins and potentially give away their second round pick, but having a receiving core of Calvin Johnson, Sammy Watkins, Golden Tate, and Ryan Broyles as well as receiving running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, I don’t see how the Lions don’t out score every opponent

2. Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State
Dennard is a great choice for the Lions if they decide to keep their tenth overall pick. The Lions need a more aggressive, pressure filled secondary and Dennard is a great option for them. He had 62 tackles as the leader on the 4th ranked defense in the nation that went onto win the Rose Bowl with Michigan State. Dennard would fit in great on the Lions as a local player that could bring fresh legs and tackle hungry play to the Lions secondary.

3. Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
Gilbert is another great cornerback option for Detroit at the tenth pick. Gilbert totaled seven interceptions last year but just 42 tackles. However, Gilbert totaled 64 tackles in 2012. Gilbert has great size and speed and would be a great coverage corner for Detroit.

4. Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA
The Lions have a need for a pass rushing outside linebacker and Anthony Barr is a great fit. He totaled 66 tackles and 10 sacks in his senior season and in his junior season he totaled 74 tackles and 13.5 sacks that led him to be named to second team All American. Barr switched to linebacker after his sophomore season and learned quickly to be able to tackle and sack from the linebacker position consistently. Barr would be a great fit for Detroit, but taking a linebacker in the first round means a secondary and wide receiver will have to wait.

5. Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M
If Mike Evans is available at the tenth pick he wouldn’t be a bad choice. The Lions have expressed intrerest in Evans who finished his second and final year at Texas A&M with 1,394 recieving yards and 12 touchdowns on just 69 receptions. Evans has great size and is a dynamic player. I prefer that the Lions either go all in on Watkins or wait on a reciever until the second or third rounds. Evans clearly has pro potential, but the Lions have other needs to fill.

By: OPSN End Zone Score’s Cameron LaFontaine

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