McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Detroit Lions

Roller coasters require maintenance, so the draft always seems crucial in Detroit. At least last year’s class will have them optimistic. Few teams have seen greater returns from the 2013 draft than the Lions, who received Pro Bowl-caliber play from guard Larry Warford, and have seen Ezekiel Ansah improve and Darius Slay put in major reps at cornerback. Even down-the-board picks Devin Taylor (DE) and Sam Martin (P) have played big roles. But as is often the case with the Lions, needs remain.

Where will they turn in the 2014 draft?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and identified the biggest areas of need for the Lions: linebacker, cornerback and wide receiver. The back end of the Lions’ defense has been a major issue in recent weeks. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Detroit in Round 1.