On Saturday, the final rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft played out. The Lions moved some picks and what have you, but in the end they chose five players, including two in the fourth round. Here is a look at those players selected.
First, with the 133rd pick, the Lions finally took a cornerback, choosing Nevin Lawson out of Utah State. Sure, you probably can't rely on a fourth round defensive back as a rookie, but he can provide some much needed depth. He's just under 5'10'', so he's going to have to play in the slot, but that's not an issue. He has speed and some skills, so I like this pick.
I also like the pick they made at 136 in defensive end Larry Webster out of Bloomsburg. Sure, he is a small school guy, and is undoubtedly raw. He only played two years of football, alongside four years of hoops. He dominated at that level though in his two years. Webster is a raw player, but he was great at the Combine, and has a lot of potential. That made him worthwhile.
Speaking of small school guys, in the fifth round, 158th overall, they took Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid. This is considered to be a steal based on the general rankings of Reid. Scouts Inc. had him at 84th overall. Detroit needs a backup defensive tackle for rotational purposes, and Reid can be that. He's like Sammie Hill in that regard. Then, with the 189th pick, they took wide receiver TJ Jones out of Notre Dame. He's a possession receiver. He doesn't drop the ball, which was a thing that was an issue for the Lions last year. They didn't necessarily need to take another receiver, but Jones is a fine selection.
Lastly, in the seventh round, the Lions used their last pick on Nate Freese, a kicker out of Boston College. You should never take a kicker before the seventh round, but this was the seventh round, and the 229th pick. David Akers was the worst kicker in the NFL last season, so they needed a new kicker. Freese could be the guy. He went 20-for-20 on field goals last season, and also was good on kickoffs apparently, which means Sam Martin can focus on punting. Fair enough.
Overall, I liked Detroit's third day of picks. They got a cornerback, and some raw, promising players, and then also a kicker. While I was iffy on the Lions' first pick, Eric Ebron, after that I was happy with every pick made by Detroit. I don't know if it puts the Lions over the edge, but these picks help.