How the Detroit Lions NFL Draft compares to their NFC North rivals
This is my assessment:
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Packers filled need|
Chicago did a better job of addressing their needs in the secondary than the Lions. I just don't know whether they got the right cornerback at 14th overall in Kyle Fuller from Virginia Tech. I think Jason Verrett from Texas Christian at 25th overall (San Diego) and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard at 24th overall (Cincinnati) would have been better selections. I don't mind it, though, when teams trust their own evaluations and go with it. The Bears may very well be right. Minnesota safety Brock Vareen was a great value in the fourth round. He would have fit the Lions. The Bears did address their most glaring area of need, interior defensive line. Ego Ferguson from LSU and Will Sutton from Arizona State need to be effective immediately.
There was mixed opinion on UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, but I thought it was a terrific selection. He is as gifted at his position as another other player in this draft, and was a very productive player. We'll see on Teddy Bridgewater. I think he will be an excellent NFL player. I thought remainder of the Vikings draft was underwhelming. although I was surprised how far Stanford guard David Yankey fell. Seems like he was a solid pick.
My columns on the Lions and the 2014 NFL Draft
Good, bad and the ugly of Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140512/good-bad-and-the-ugly-of-detroit-lions-2014-nfl-draft-according-to-pat-caputo
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions are a perfect fit: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140508/detroit-lions-eric-ebron-a-perfect-fit-pat-caputo-says
Detroit Lions essentially ignored their biggest need in the 2014 NFL Draft: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140510/detroit-lions-essentially-ignored-their-biggest-need-in-2014-nfl-draft-pat-caputo-says
Detroit Lions continue to send out mixed message in NFL Draft: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140509/detroit-lions-continue-to-send-mixed-messages-in-nfl-draft-pat-caputo-writes
Our ChatCast on the Detroit Lions and the 2014 NFL Draft: