On Detroit Lions and a look at second day of NFL Draft
The one I feel fits best is Terrance Williams from Baylor. He was a versatile and productive college player, who showed well at the Senior Bowl. Great athlete. Ranked higher by most draft gurus and still on the board than Williams are Justin Hunter from Tennessee and Keenan Allen from Cal. Both are good. Robert Woods from USC, too. I think Allen will be better than Hunter, but he has had some injury issues. There will be a lot of very good wide receivers there for the Lions in the third round should they pass on one in the second. Two I think will be productive NFL players are Steadman Bailey from West Virginia and Markus Wheaton from Oregon State. They were just flatout tremendous football players with solid tangible skills. I can't imagine it wouldn't translate to NFL production.
There are many others. Quinton Patton, from Louisiana Tech and Aaron Dobson from Marshall aren't mentioned enough. Ryan Swope from Texas A&M is overhyped.
|Brian Winters: Offensive lineman fits Lions|
I don't understand the infatuation with Banks' teammate at Mississippi State, Darius Slay. The best defensive back regardless of position remaining in the draft is Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International, but he is a safety. Where Banks fits is he can play either corner or safety.
- The Lions need offensive line. The offensive lineman remaining on the board I feel will be the best NFL player is guard Brian Winters from Kent State. He mostly played tackle in college but was a major reason Kent State moved onto the map unexpectedly. He's huge, has decent athleticism and is a classic mauler, which is perfect for guard in the NFL. This kid is going to start for a decade in the league. Very underrated. He is a much better player than any of the tackles remaining on the board. Barrett Jones from Alabama is overvalued by many fans because he got so much pub at Alabama.
- I don't see the Lions taking an inside linebacker in these rounds, but they did have Manti Te'o in for a visit, and he is the best player, regardless of position, left on the board. Kevin Riddick from North Carolina has value in the third round. The outside linebacker pickings are somewhat slim. Honestly, given the Lions' needs elsewhere, I don't see a pure outside linebacker I'd draft tonight.
- Otherwise: If he is there in the third round, defensive end Alex Okafur from Texas could help the Lions. The fit would, however, depend on what they do in t
he second round.