Add Yahoo! Sports' Eric Edholm to those who think the Lions will take Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker in the draft.
ESPN's Todd McShay also had the Lions taking the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year with the No. 16 overall pick in the NFL draft. Whereas McShay cited the team's need to protect its most vital asset, quarterback Matthew Stafford, Edholm cites the Bill Belichick influence in taking the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Buckeye behemoth:
"After missing out on a few tackles during the free agency period, the Lions land their man in Decker, who can play (and has played) either side. New GM Bob Quinn came from New England, where his former boss, Bill Belichick, had an excellent relationship with Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer. A very safe, smart pick here that fills a need, too, one that’s very reminiscent of the Patriots taking Nate Solder with the 17th pick in 2011."
In the second round, Edholm has the Lions taking Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler with the 46th pick overall. Butler, who is 6-4 and 323 pounds, registered 50 tackles last season, including 10 for losses and three QB sacks.
Of Butler Edholm writes, "We’d love to see what a tough-love positional coach such as the Lions’ Kris Kocurek could do with Butler, who is an emerging talent. The Lions are lean on the interior and could use a long-term replacement for Haloti Ngata, who turns 33 after the season."
The Yahoo! Sports writer has Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin going to the Colts at No. 18 overall and MSU QB Connor Cook heading to the Rams with the No. 43 pick in the second round.
Edholm has Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the consensus overall No. 1 pick going to the Titans.