2014 NFL mock draft: Jake Matthews to Detroit Lions at No. 10

If Jake Matthews were to slide to the No. 10 overall pick, would the Detroit Lions snap him up?

Jim Schwartz is no longer the head coach of the Detroit Lions; Jim Caldwell replaces him, looking to bring discipline to a talented roster in need of it and refinement to the game of quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit is here to make the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, and if you're a "BPA" purist, you'll love this selection immediately.

Team Player Pos. Ht Wt Class
10. Lions Jake Matthews, Texas A&M OT 6'5 308 SR

"My strategy for this mock draft would have been different if trades were allowed. As soon as Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins slipped out of the top five, I would have tried to jump up for one of them. Similarly, if I ended up staying at 10, I would have tried to move down by making a deal with a team that is actually in need of an offensive tackle once Jake Matthews dropped.

With trades not an option, my choice came down to Matthews and Anthony Barr. Offensive tackle isn’t a pressing need by any means considering the Lions have Riley Reiff and LaAdrian Waddle. And the Lions have actually been quite open about their need for a pass-rushing outside linebacker, meaning that Barr would have been a perfect fit in that regard. In this case, though, talent simply trumped need. The addition of Matthews would create some short-term confusion and could lead to Reiff moving to guard or Waddle taking on a backup role, but in the long term, adding more talent to protect Matthew Stafford is never a bad idea."

Dan Kadar, our beloved NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Lions' mock draft pick of Matthews:

In many mock drafts, the Lions are given a cornerback. Most of the time, they're value reaches. So to go purely BPA, Matthews has to be the pick. A top-five talent, Matthews is arguably the draft's most pro-ready blocker. He's a better player than Reiff, but could also be an asset on the right side next to guard Larry Warford. A tight end like Eric Ebron should be intriguing with this choice as well.

Tomorrow morning, we forge onward beyond the top 10 with the Tennessee Titans and Music City Miracles set to make the No. 11 overall pick. See you then!

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
8 Eric Ebron
TE North Carolina
6'4
250
9 C.J. Mosley
LB Alabama 6'2 234
10 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix S Alabama 6'1
208
11 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan 6'7 309
12 Louis Nix DT Notre Dame 6'2 326

2014 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

Lions picks

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 10 Detroit Lions Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
2 45 Detroit Lions

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