1st Round 5th Overall — Ezekiel Ansah DE, BYU — A
Ansah has the talent to be a 15 sack a year guy. He dominated when he played in the wide 9 at the Senior Bowl. He is still extremely raw and is a boom or bust pick by the Lions. I think he has the most pass rush potential of anyone in the draft.
2nd Round 36th Overall — Darius Slay CB, Mississippi State — B
Slay was beginning to be talked about as a potential 1st round pick. I would have given this pick a higher grade if not for the fact that Slay injured his meniscus this offseason. Knee injuries are scary for a speed CB and he may not be ready for camp.
3rd Round 65th Overall — Larry Warford OG, Kentucky — A+
This is one of the best picks in the draft. Warford should have been picked at the top of the 2nd round. He is a dominant guard who can come in and start day 1. Stafford has to love this pick.
4th Round 132nd Overall — Devin Taylor DE, South Carolina — B
The Lions needed 2 DEs out of this draft and Taylor is a pretty good number 2 guy. He is a good fit for the wide 9 as well and will be getting a lot of 1-on-1s this year. He is a long, athletic DE that fits the Lions mold.
5th Round 165th Overall — Sam Martin P, Appalachian St. — D
The Lions needed a punter, but the 5th round was far too early to take one. They could have waited until the draft was over and signed a punter who is just as good.
6th Round 171st Overall — Corey Fuller WR, Virginia Tech — B+
Fuller is a good athlete at the WR position, but hasn’t been playing football all that long. He was a track star who transferred to VT in 2010 and only then started playing the WR position.
6th Round 199th Overall — Theo Riddick RB, Notre Dame — B
Riddick is quicker than fast and is a very good WR out of the backfield. He is a slasher who is a very strong cut and run guy. Played in the slot at ND in his Sophomore and Junior seasons before playing RB as a Senior.
7th Round 211th Overall — Michael Williams TE, Alabama — A-
Williams isn’t going to wow you with his speed down the middle, but he is probably the best blocking TE in this draft. He also has good hands for a guy his size and will be a red zone threat.
7th Round 245th Overall — Brandon Hepburn LB, Florida A&M — B
Hepburn is a good athlete who can give the Lions some depth at LB where it is needed.
Overall — B+
I thought the Lions did very well overall. I love the Ansah and Warford picks. The Slay pick could be another really good one if his knee heals fine. Taylor and Fuller offer a lot of upside and Riddick is a good insurance policy in case Reggie Bush gets hurt. Williams will probably be their #2 TE from day 1.