48th overall: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi St.
The Detroit Lions have done a lot to address their secondary through free agency, but you can never have too many corners and adding depth beyond this season will be critical. Emmanuel Forbes will likely slide due to size concerns, but make no mistake that this guy was built for Lions football. Forbes plays with a chip on his shoulder and he excels in both zone and press-man coverages. His instincts are top notch, demonstrated by his six interceptions (three returned for TD’s) and 10 pass break ups. Overall, the second-team AP All-American should figure to make an impact right away, especially as he adds more weight to his frame.
55th overall (from Vikings): Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
It’s been 23 years since the Detroit Lions had a Pro-Bowl linebacker, but that could change if the draft falls a certain way. Drew Sanders draft range has been all over the place recently. While some mocks have featured him as a surefire first round pick, others have seen him slip well into the second round. If Sanders manages to slip to this spot, the Lions would be smart to sprint the card up. Sanders is a unique prospect, with impressive physical traits and athleticism. A former edge rusher from Alabama, he transferred to Arkansas and was moved to inside linebacker. He has proven to thrive in both roles and will have an immediate impact. His skill set could see him make the Pro Bowl sooner rather than later.