NFC North Rivals – 5 Questions with SideLion Report

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Now that free agency is essentially done, what do the Lions need to focus on for the draft?

"There are of course plenty of ways the Lions could go in May’s draft. I personally would go with a linebacker in the first round like CJ Mosley from Alabama or Anthony Barr from UCLA, but I will bank that they select either a wide receiver or safety. Rumors will of course surface of the Lions will to trade up to snag Clemson’s Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, but I doubt the team would want to deal precious picks in a loaded draft for just one player. I am working on my own mock draft at the moment, and I have the Lions picking Alabama safety Oct 27, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back HaHa Clinton-Dix (6) looks at the offense during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports to be a rotational safety this year and eventually take over as full time starter. Also expect a center and linebacker to be selected between the second and third rounds to be starters in the near future. Fourth round and on I expect there to be selections of a wide receiver, safety (both depending on which way they take in first round) and depth on the offensive line, defensive end and maybe one corner. One more position I wouldn’t be surprised to pick would be a kicker in the way the Lions drafted punter Sam Martin last year in the fifth round. In terms of movement, I think the Lions will either stay at pick 10 or trade back to acquire more picks with the talent being great throughout and issues with depth on the team."

I want to thank Thomas Bieszk for answering our 5 Questions. You can follow him on twitter @TomBieszkLions and make sure to check out SideLion Report to get all your info about the division rival Detroit Lions.