The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the Detroit Lions with the No. 54 pick.
With the 54th pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the Detroit Lions select Iowa State offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele.
Pride of Detroit managing editor Sean Yuille explains his pick after the jump and I respond. For the latest on the Lions, make sure to follow along at PrideOfDetroit.com.
Sean Yuille explains: After addressing the Lions’ need for secondary help in the first round by selecting Janoris Jenkins, I turned my focus to the offensive line in the second round. While plenty of talent is already off the board at tackle, guard and center, there were several names I was considering for the 54th overall pick, including Kelechi Osemele, Amini Silatolu and Bobby Massie.
In the end, I opted to go with Osemele, partly because he is such a versatile offensive lineman. He can play inside at guard or outside at tackle. For the Lions, which don’t appear to have any openings in their starting lineup on the offensive line but do have a big need for depth across the board, Osemele is a good fit. He could start his career inside and compete for playing time while being groomed to one day take over for Jeff Backus at left tackle, a position where Osemele said he is more comfortable.
Dan Kadar responds: Every year, dopes like me say the Lions need to replace Backus at left tackle. At some point, Backus will have to leave. But as he's shown, it's not quite right now. So instead of taking his immediate replacement, adding a player like Osemele who can eventually shift to the outside is smart. The Massie hype train is in overdrive and Silatolu was largely untested coming from a small school. Osemele is one of the safer picks in this year's draft. Going to a team like the Lions, who are on the cusp of greatness, dependability could pay off huge.
Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects
|1||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck||QB||Stanford||Story|
|2||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||Story|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil||OT||USC||Story|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||Story|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||Story|
|6||St. Louis Rams||Trent Richardson||RB||Alabama||Story|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||Quinton Coples||DE||North Carolina||Story|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M||Story|
|9||Carolina Panthers||Fletcher Cox||DT||Mississippi State||Story|
|10||Buffalo Bills||Mike Adams||OT||Ohio State||Story|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||Riley Reiff||OT||Iowa||Story|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||Courtney Upshaw||OLB||Alabama||Story|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Jonathan Martin||OT||Stanford||Story|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||David DeCastro||G||Stanford||Story|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||Luke Kuechly||LB||Boston College||Story|
|16||New York Jets||Melvin Ingram||DE||South Carolina||Story|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||Stephon Gilmore||CB||South Carolina||Story|
|18||San Diego Chargers||Mark Barron||S||Alabama||Story|
|19||Chicago Bears||Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||Story|
|20||Tennessee Titans||Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Alabama||Story|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Cordy Glenn||OT||Georgia||Story|
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
|36||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|39||St. Louis Rams
||Alshon Jeffery||WR||South Carolina
|44||Kansas City Chiefs
|47||New York Jets
|48||New England Patriots
|49||San Diego Chargers