Ten players Lions might watch closely at Senior Bowl

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis, right, is among the players for the Lions to watch in the Senior Bowl.

Go through the gallery above to see a breakdown on 10 players the Lions might have special interest in during Senior Bowl practices this week.

Mobile, Ala. – The Senior Bowl has been valuable to the Detroit Lions in recent years. The team has drafted at least one prospect from the annual college All-Star game the past five years and multiple players the past four.

In his first year with the Lions, general manager Bob Quinn snagged four players from the Senior Bowl – safety Miles Killebrew, long snapper Jimmy Landes and offensive linemen Joe Dahl and Graham Glasgow.

The weeklong event features top seniors from across the country coached by two NFL staffs. The Lions coached in 2013 and wound up drafting three players that year, including Pro Bowl defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

This year those duties will be performed by the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. The teams go through a traditional week of practice, participate in a number of community events and have formal interviews with teams, all of which culminates in a game on Saturday.

The Lions currently hold seven picks for the upcoming draft, starting with the No. 21 selection in the first round. The team has a number of needs on both sides at the ball and the coaching and scouting staffs will be out in full force in Mobile to continue evaluation of the prospects who could fill some of those holes.

There will be familiar names participating this weekend, including six former Michigan Wolverines. There will also be plenty of unheralded talents from smaller schools looking to bolster their draft stock against more formidable competition.

We took the time to scour the rosters and match up some interesting prospects with Detroit’s needs. From potential first-round talent to Day 3 diamonds in the rough, here are 10 prospects worth keeping an eye on this week.


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