Should the Detroit Lions consider drafting a defensive end?


Since Willie Young has departed, the Lions remaining starter from last season is Ziggy Ansah. Ansah put together an excellent rookie campaign and showed steady improvement throughout the year and should be a staple of the Lions defense for years to come.

It’s the other side that leaves the Lions with question marks. Detroit does have one of last year’s free agent prizes, Jason Jones, on the team still and he should be available to start on the line, but who knows what the Lions will get out of him after basically having a year off. They also picked up free agent Darryl Tapp, but he shouldn’t be expected to start. Tapp provides depth and a solid special teams player.

Martin Mayhew could consider drafting a defensive end with the 10th overall pick, or even the second round. With that in mind, here’s a list compiled by the cover32 staff here of the top 10 defensive ends available in the 2014 draft.

Top 10 defensive ends in 2014 draft:

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  • Heymansan69

    Absolutely not with the First Pick! They need to draft either Sammy Watkins, or more preferably Mike Evans with their first pick. Even after signing Golden Tate, the cupboards are bare if CJ ever goes down. This was a glaring deficiency in last years performances, and Matt needs some options. We have plenty of 2nd year DBs and LBs, we need proficient WRs to utilize Matt;s passing skills.

  • Jeremy Mackinder

    I agree with you on not drafting the defensive end, at least not until the 2nd or third round. I think they need to decide what to do about the safety position, hopefully through free agency, before anything else occurs.