2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Lions
In addition to having a great name, Riley Reiff is one of the top tier offensive line prospects likely to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Reiff is 23 years old, which hurts his draft stock a little bit, but it isn't a big concern. Like many other Big 10 prospects that have come before him, Reiff really excels at run blocking and bringing an intense, ferocious attitude each and every snap.
Reiff has to prove from now until the draft that he can be a left tackle. There are concerns about his footwork and lateral quickness. If teams feel he can only play on the right, he'll fall rapidly down draft boards.
In his defense, he's still developing and has room to grow and add more muscle. Coaches will need to continue to develop his mechanics when moving in space, but he makes up for it with good use of hands. He can get under a defender and really neutralize them instantly. He really does a good job of staying after guys and getting in their head because of his relentless style of play. A big problem scouts may have is whether or not he can be a zone blocker. This is just one of those things where people need to see more tape before making a decision on that. A lot of teams use a lot of z... [Read More
Ryan Broyles makes the most of his diminutive stature with quickness and above average route running. He may have great production at Oklahoma, but he's not a sure bet draft prospect. He'll need to continue working on his ability to separate from defenders and find openings in zone coverage.
His future will be in the slot. One trait that's hard to define is that Broyles is a very smooth runner. He can change direction without losing speed and he can really illustrate this on short slants and drags over the middle if the quarterback can lead the pass correctly.
Given his small size, his straight-line speed is average. He can create mismatches against linebackers and safeties, but lacks the high-end speed to stretch the field. There have also been some injury concerns due to his sleek frame. Broyles is at his best when he can juke or make a small cut in order to create separation. Teams that focus on bumping him through his route can throw off his timing since he doesn't deal well with physical play.... [Read More
Bentley is a very fast and undersized cornerback who ran very well at the NFL combine.
He is lean and will have to add muscle and a physicality in his game if he ever has aspirations to cover No. 1 receivers. Bentley's future is likely as a nickel and dime corner, where he will line up inside and preferably cover smaller, slot receivers. He does play with a chip on his shoulder. Seems to understand that because of his speed, he can take more risks and fall back on his quickness if caught in a bad situation. Breaks hard and fast on WR routes.
Excels in off-man coverage, but cannot press cover well just yet. His fluid hips also assert that he'll likely end up playing inside and not outside. He's not physical in run support. Bentley does show a willingness to stay active and involved with each play but simply doesn't bring a lot to the table as a run defender. He's got good ball skills and will go up aggressively to force turnovers. Loves to jump routes and go after the big plays and interceptions.... [Read More
Ronnell Lewis sometimes suffers from hot and cold production, but when the light turns on, he flashes something special. Lewis made a name for himself making bone-crushing hits. He is absolutely ruthless once he gets his hands on the ball-carrier.
Like most players who play with intensity, he'll need to learn to play better within the system and not always play so aggressively. He possesses good speed and does well to find the right pursuit lane. Besides his tackling, what really sets him apart is his ability to act instinctively in open space. Whether it is tracking a ball carrier or adjusting quickly to the quarterback in the pocket. Lewis forces his opponents to play up to his speed, which can cause turnovers and other mistakes.
Lewis has never been a productive pass rusher in college and lacks the bend to really hit the edge. The potential is certainly there, but he's far from a sure thing. Coaching will be needed to improve his ability to disengage from blockers and improve his bull-rush.... [Read More
Temple Owls outside linebacker Tahir Whitehead will provide the Detroit Lions some competition on the strong side behind current starter Justin Durant.
Whitehead has a frame that could add some bulk which may would be necessary for him to ever become a full-time player. He is athletic enough to drop back into coverage and changes direction with ease. Whitehead isn't a great tackler since he typically wraps but fails to break down to finish off the ball carrier. When blitzing, he has tunnel vision and is too easily knocked off his path. If the Lions coaching staff can teach him to play with a lower pad level, it would help him across the board. Keeping a lower center of gravity would improve his lateral agility and range in coverage.
The Lions needed OLB depth, but Whitehead isn't a lock to stick on this roster. Detroit also drafted Oklahoma LBs Ronnell Lewis and Travis Lewis, so there may only be room for one rookie after final cuts (even though Ronnell could transition to defensive end).... [Read More
Lewis is an inconsistent prospect with some great strengths and also some glaring problems. This Oklahoma product may have shortcomings but he also is a leader on the field.
One interesting facet to Lewis' game is that although he is a very good tackler, he is not physical or active when taking on lineman as a blitzer. He wraps up the ball carrier well and drives through his hips. Lewis takes good pursuit angles and does well to bring his man down quickly and cleanly. When working through the pile, he becomes hesitant and even lowers his head on contact. Rarely slows down his attack in order to disengage from blockers.
Shows good instincts when in open space whether reading his assignment. He performs in zone more consistently than in man. He has nice patience and feels his way through the play in zone. When in man, he is usually too physical and can be lost with a quick change of direction. Currently has very little skills as a pass rusher. Lacks the explosiveness to hit the edge or split the gap between blockers.
Lewis will need to iron out his style of play. He tends to play off his emotions at times which can both be a good and bad thing.... [Read More