Detroit Lions

On the clock: Houston Texans, Pick: 7.41


General Manager: @Bischoff_Scott
Assistant GM: @extrapointIan
Assistant GM: @aaronmeckes
Assistant GM: @JoshLiskiewitz

PickOverallChoiceNotes
1.1010Odell Beckham Jr., WR
from LSU
We knew Jake Matthews and Aaron Donald would be coveted picks at this stage, and had hoped one of the two would drop to us in order to give us trade leverage. This being said, all four of us are HUGE fans of what Odell Beckham brings to the table, as his explosiveness, speed and precision route running is the perfect complement opposite Calvin and Golden, and his advanced skill set could not only lead to him becoming an elite skill player, but will certainly allow him to be very productive immediately. With this addition, Matthew Stafford has no more excuses – it’s time for him to take the next step and make Detroit a perennial contender.
1.2828Kyle Van Noy, OLB
from Brigham Young
Our goal when the draft began was to score at least 2 out of the three players: Odell Beckham, Jimmie Ward and/or Kyle Van Noy – Mission accomplished, and we didn’t even need to give up a future, which we were willing to do once we couldn’t trade back from 10. We love Van Noy’s quickness, hand usage and instincts as a pass rusher as well as his speed and athleticism in coverage. As an added bonus, he forged a great relationship with Ziggy Ansah while at BYU, and we believe pairing the two again will accelerate the growth of both. Detroit has openly expressed an interest in getting a LB who can rush the passer, and Van Noy is the #2 LB on our board with this capacity.
3.2892Chris Borland, ILB
from Wisconsin
Chris Borland is a pretty good value at this point in the draft. He brings toughness and great instincts to the position. His versatility to play inside on rushing downs and outside as a pass rusher in third down situations, not to mention on special teams, means the Lions get a ton of value this late in the draft.
4.11111Zach Mettenberger, QB
from LSU
Mettenberger was our top rated QB in this draft, thus we were stunned to see him still on the board at this stage. We love the progress he made in 2013, as he showed he has the accuracy, timing and arm strength to consistently hit every tight NFL window. While there’s no rush to put him on the field, Stafford should feel a greater sense of urgency, as Mettenberger could compete for the starting job in 2015 if Stafford does not make significant improvements.
4.33133Bryan Stork, C
from Florida State
Stork is a natural fit for the Lions as he can learn from current starter Dominic Raiola for some time as he gets developed for the NFL game. He is smart and tough, brings it every day and he will have a good NFL career.
4.36136Brock Vereen, SS
from Minnesota
We love the value of this pick, as we feel Vereen will be an excellent special teams player early and develop into a starting SAF in a year or two. His athletic testing at the Combine was certainly a positive, and his instincts and knowledge of the game will allow him to translate quickly to the NFL level.

Trade Details
Pick
1.28#MockOne: from Panthers for pick(s): 2.13,3.12,4.11
3.28#MockOne: from Panthers for pick(s): 2.13,3.12,4.11
4.11#MockOne: from Panthers for pick(s): 6.13,7.12 2015: rd4 from Lions for pick(s): 1.28,3.28