For some reason, there are NFL "experts" building a groundswell that Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers will fall to the 13th overall pick, and perhaps the Lions, in the draft.
I don't see it, despite a knee issue and great defensive line depth in this draft. Bowers is a superior player and athlete.
That's why this draft is far more dicey than most. Defensive line, including end, is a strength for the Lions. Perhaps their lone one.
But make no mistake, Bowers would be bargain at 13th overall given his upside - and he was an extremely productive player in college.
He is not just a top pass rusher, but stout and plays the run well. He is versatile enough to move inside and play tackle.
The Lions, however, don't have two starting linebackers, and they are lacking legitimate starting corners at this stage other than nickel back candidates. They have tendered Chris Houston, a pending free restricted agent, but who knows what that will mean when there is a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Lions' offensive line played well last season, but has some older players. The upside for offensive tackles in this draft is limited, though. I'm not sure you'd get high-end value at 13th overall - or any other offensive spot. All the upside is on the defensive line, with a player like Bowers perhaps dropping.
Of course, this would be a lot easier for the Lions to sort out if their roster was primarily set after the free agent signing period. In the land of the unknown, it might make sense to just take by far the best player, which Bowers would be - even if it is overkill at the one legitimate position of strength on their football team.
I do know this, the Lions would be a lot better served if Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara falls to 13th overall, which some people are projecting he might.
I don't see that, either.
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