Reggie Bush was released earlier in the offseason, so the Lions will need to find someone to split the load with Joique Bell. Detroit's front office typically likes picking the top player available, and Melvin Gordon could fit that description, as he has drawn comparisons to Jamaal Charles.
Rd. 2, Pk. 22
The Lions lost both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley this offseason, so they're in desperate need for help on the defensive line. They'll have to address the position in the first two rounds this April.
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Rd. 3, Pk. 24
Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
The Lions were really hurting on the offensive line this past season, which would explain why their offense sputtered so much. They have to upgrade multiple positions, including right tackle.
Rd. 5, Pk. 26
Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech
The Lions just acquired this pick for George Johnson. I think I'll keep it the same for this update, as the Lions could use some receiving depth.
The Lions dumped Reggie Bush and could use a running back to lead their ground attack. They had one of the worst running offenses in the NFL last year, and Gordon would change that immediately.
Gordon has a rare combination of being fast while having quality size. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has dangerous speed to be a threat to score on any carry. In 2014, he averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 2,587 yards with 29 touchdowns. Gordon had 19 receptions for 153 yards and three scores, too. His superb quickness had him tied for the FBS record in career average in yards per carry with stellar mark of 8.26 yards per carry after the 2014 Bowling Green game (13-253).
Gordon was one of the most explosive backs in the nation in 2013. He brought an explosive element to the Badgers' backfield that Montee Ball never provided during his great college career. For the year, Gordon averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,609 yards on only 206 carries and 12 touchdowns. The Kenosha, Wisconsin product stood out while backing up Montee Ball and James White in 2012. He made the most of his limited chances while averaging 10 yards per carry. Gordon ran for 621 yards and three touchdowns on only 62 carries.
Rd. 2, Pk. 22
Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
The Lions lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to free agency. While Detroit was able to land Haloti Ngata to mitigate some of that damage, the team needs at least one, if not two, defensive tackles given Ngata's age. A fast three-technique would be perfect to pair with Ngata.
Bennett totaled 40 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, three passes broken up and three forced fumbles in 2014. The senior is a fast gap-shooter who can cause disruption in the backfield. He also can get pummeled in the ground game.
In 2013, Bennett totaled 42 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, seven tackles and three forced fumbles. The 6-foot-2, 293-pounder has some quickness and needs to add weight.
Pick change; previously Laken Tomlinson, G
Rd. 3, Pk. 24
The Lions could use a guard to pair with stud right guard Larry Warford and second-year center Travis Swanson. That would provide Detroit with a young interior for years to come.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Jackson was a rock-solid blocker for the Seminoles in 2013. He is a good run-blocker who could use some improvement to handle speed rushers. Overall, Jackson did a good job of protecting Jameis Winston, but for the NFL, the speed rushers are his objective to improve against.
Jackson also has some experience at right tackle. He broke into the starting lineup at right guard in 2012. Jackson has nice agility and movement skills for a big lineman.
So far in FA the Lions haven't done much to address their DT position, but I anticipate they will. Still, with Suh to the Dolphins, they'll want to address DT early if they get a chance. Goldman would be able to contribute right away.
The Lions trade up here to take Melvin Gordon. With the Jags sitting at #19, the Lions wouldn't want to risk missing out on their choice of RB's. And Gordon's style would be very complementary to Joique Bell. To make this trade happen, the Lions would need to give up their 3rd round pick. Gordon has the speed and elusiveness to be a touchdown threat every time he touches the ball, and Bell would be the punisher here.
Here the Lions get more talent/depth at DT. Both Suh and Fairley are FA's, so they'll likely need a new starter or rotational player at this position. And I assume the Lions would like to keep this one of their strengths.
The best player avaliable at this point is Gurley. He is far and away the most talented player and could revolutionize this offense. The could also look corner here to pair with Darius Slay, but that would not be the best value.