A desirable dozen for the Lions on draft’s Day 2
Allen Park — The Lions filled a significant roster hole on Thursday, selecting Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round of the NFL draft.
Here are a dozen players who could make sense for the Lions on Day 2:
Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan: A big-framed, long-armed defensive lineman with a history of making plays in the backfield at Michigan. Some see Wormley as a better fit as a 3-4 end, but he has the build and skill to be a long-term solution as a 3-technique tackle lining up beside last year’s second-round pick, A’Shawn Robinson.
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech: The Lions need a tight end and many thought the team might grab one in the first-round. If he’s there in the third round, Hodges is one of the most athletic options in the draft. At 6-foot-6, 257 pounds, he could stand to add some weight to his frame. His blocking technique is a work in progress, but there’s reason to believe he can develop there.
Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio: An NFL-ready frame capable of handling the left defensive end opposite Ziggy Ansah. Basham has long arms, which will help him get into the chest of blockers. He also offers above-average speed to get the edge. He would help Detroit’s rotation immediately and could start down the line.
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado: The Lions would be wise to tap into this talent-rich cornerback market and Awuzie would be a steal if he’s on the board at No. 54. He offers prototypical size with above-average long speed and leaping ability. He also brings versatility to the table, playing inside and outside for Colorado.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo: Hunt might not be as athletic as some of the top talent at his position, but he runs with purpose, showing excellent balance through contact. He can be on the field all three downs and isn’t a liability. He would give the Lions a north-south runner with receiving skills to complement Ameer Abdullah.
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State: Godwin has a sturdy 6-1, 209-pound frame with burners attached. He ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash and performed strongly in the change-of-direction drills, which bodes well for getting separation out of his breaks. He has a knack for finding the end zone, with 16 scores the past two seasons, but has also had some issues with drops.
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut: A freakishly large defensive back standing 6-4, Melifonwu combines that size with the ability to outjump just about anyone. He looks like a strong safety, but with great speed and leaping ability, opposing teams are going to struggle to complete deeper throws in his vicinity.
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA: A speedy 6-footer with elite leaping ability, the Lions could find value in selecting Moreau, who is recovering from a pectoral injury suffered during his pro day. He gave up completions on just 51.7 percent of throws his direction, but needs to do a better job getting hands on passes and forcing turnovers.
Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M: You buy in with Hall because of the physical traits. Not only is he 6-5, but he has exceptionally long limbs. With plus-athleticism, he’s the type of player you look to your coaching staff to develop and maximize his potential. He only recorded 10 1/2 sacks over 25 games his final two college seasons.
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan: Butt arguably would have been a first-round pick had he not suffered a torn ACL in Michigan’s bowl game. They’d probably be looking at a red-shirt rookie season, but if you trust he can return to form, he offers exceptional value in the third round and beyond. Probably the draft’s most complete tight end this side of O.J. Howard.
Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State: Another big, athletic safety. Jones, a Michigan native, stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 220 pounds. That’s impressive in its own right, but he also posted some of the best numbers for his position in every drill he participated in at the combine, including the 40, bench press and vertical jump. The downside is he’s mistake-prone — blown coverage and missed tackles — but the potential is tantalizing.
Dalvin Cook, TB, Florida State: Too many red flags to roll the dice in the first round, but it’s a much smaller risk to draft Cook in the second. The highly productive college runner probably won’t fall all the way to No. 54, where the Lions are next slated to pick, but for the right price, it could be worth trading up 10-15 spots if he’s still on the board. Cook’s success on outside zone runs make him a nice fit in Detroit’s scheme.