The second round of the 2016 NFL Draft is today and there are still quite a few talented players out there. Looking at the best available list, it is hard to see the Lions drafting a player that wont contribute on day one, especially with all of the defensive tackles and defensive ends available. Below is my list of best available to the Detroit Lions for round two:
OLB Myles Jack – Jack is considered a top 5 talent and somehow he is still available to start round two. Will he be there when the Lions pick? Probably not. He expects to participate in rookie camp and that makes him look healthy enough to play his rookie season. The concern is his knee and whether the long term durability is there. I do not expect Bob Quinn to take him in round two if he is there, but I think I might be tempted to if I were in his shoes.
DT A’Shawn Robinson – Robinson and his teammate Jarran Reed were mocked to Detroit at 16 so still being on the board to start round two is crazy. I expect an early run on defensive tackles and if it starts before the Lions pick, its probably a lock that they take one. Robinson is a good character guy who would be a nice fit on the defensive line
DT Jarran Reed – I would prefer Robinson or Andrew Billings over Jarran Reed, but Reed is considered a premier run stuffer and Detroit was not very good in that department last season. He would be an eventual replacement for Haloti Ngata.
DT Andrew Billings – Billings was a borderline first round pick who has loads of talent and can get push into the backfield. I think he is likely gone before the Lions pick, but if not, he would be a nice fit for the Lions
DT Jonathan Bullard – Against Michigan, Bullard looked good. He is a bit more raw than the other defensive tackles listed above, but he has all the tools that a coach like Kris Kocurek would want.
DE Kevin Dodd – Another player projected to Detroit at 16, Dodd would give the Lions the defensive end they need opposite Ziggy Ansah. He would likely battle with Devin Taylor for the starting spot and definitely contribute right away.
DE Emmanuel Ogbah – Another defensive end that was talked about as a late first early second round player, Ogbah is talented but very raw. Scouts are concerned that he is too stiff to be successful in the NFL. Scouts were also concerned with how raw Ansah was coming out and Detroit selected him 5th overall that year. Considering what Kocurek has done with his defensive linemen thus far, it would be hard not to believe this guy could be a star.