Senior Bowl: 15 players Lions fans should watch

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It’s that time of year again where die-hard fans are clinging to just about anything that somewhat resembles the game of football.

Today, the best college senior prospects in the country will attend the Senior Bowl All-Star game in Mobile, Alabama. Unlike the Pro Bowl, these broke student-athletes will have plenty of motivation to give it all they got. An admirable individual performance could make a young man millions while an underwhelming showing could cost a pretty penny after a subsequent draft day free fall. This game is a great tool for players to display their talent to NFL scouts and prove they belong with the best of the best.

The entire Detroit Lions staff have spent countless hours this past week scouting and looking for the future of Detroit. You would imagine that there are certain position groups that the Lions have been keeping a close eye on. It’s no secret we have needs at offensive line, defensive tackle, strong safety, wide receiver depth and possibly an inside linebacker. Here are some top prospects to watch that could help boost the Lions roster next season.

Take a look here for the complete Senior Bowl roster.

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[tps_title]Offensive Line:[/tps_title] This is Detroit’s top need. Riley Reiff seems to be better suited on the right side of the line. Unfortunately, most of the top projected left tackles are only juniors and, therefore, will not be playing in the Senior Bowl. There will be some decent interior lineman and right tackles on display.

Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

  • North squad: No. 78
  • Height: 6-7 Weight: 305
  • Proj. Round: 2
  • Projects more as a power right tackle, but has the length desired to play on the left.

Nick Martin, OG/C, Notre Dame

  • North squad: No. 72
  • Height: 6-5 Weight: 301
  • Proj. Round: 3-4
  • Maybe overvalued due to the comparison to his All-pro brother, Zach Martin, from the Cowboys.

Jack Allen, C, Michigan State

  • North Squad: No. 66
  • Height: 6-2 Weight: 296
  • Proj. Round: 3-4
  • A bit small for the position, but that didn’t stop him from being a repeat All-American.