8 Local Senior Bowl players the Detroit Lions should pay close attention to

De'Veon Smith (RB), Michigan


In terms of running backs available in the 2017 NFL Draft, De'Veon Smith is down the list. That being said, in my opinion, running back is NOT a position the Detroit Lions should focus on early in the draft, but if Smith impresses during his Senior Bowl practices and is available in the 6th or 7th round, Bob Quinn may just take a chance on the physical back out of Michigan.

Amara Darboh (WR), Michigan

Like running back, wide receiver is a position I would prefer the Lions avoid in the early rounds of the draft. Amara Darboh is a talented receiver who will likely be drafted a little too soon for the Bob Quinn to consider, but if Darboh slips to the 4th round, it may be the perfect time for the Lions to strike.

Taylor Moton (OT), Western Michigan

I am on record as saying the Detroit Lions should focus on defense in the first two rounds of the draft at a minimum. That being said, depending on if Bob Quinn decides to re-sign LT Riley Reiff may determine whether or not the Lions need to address the offensive line early on in the draft. Taylor Moton out of Western Michigan is a guy who will likely be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round and could be a guy the Lions select if Reiff is allowed to walk.

Kyle Kalis (OG), Michigan

Kyle Kalis seems like a player who will end up playing backup in the NFL, but he may be worth picking up late in the draft, or even signing as an undrafted rookie free agent if he goes undrafted. The Lions MUST improve their offensive line and Kalis is a player who could turn some heads if given an opportunity.