News: Notable draft selections made by the Lions on Day 3 of the NFL draft include South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor, Virginia Tech receiver Corey Fuller, Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick, Alabama tight end Michael Williams and FAMU linebacker Brandon Hepburn.
Analysis: Taylor has awesome measurables at 6-foot-7 and 266 pounds and can play well vs. the run but is lean and doesn't have much explosion or stamina. Not putting up big numbers as a senior (three sacks) is also of concern. Fuller has sleeper potential thanks to his size (6-foot-2) and speed (4.32 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day). He doesn't have bulk to go with it and is still considered a raw prospect, albeit one with some good potential. Riddick's a tough runner but one without the strength to break tackles or pass protect, making him another project-type player for the Lions. Williams is a behemoth (6-foot-6, 278 pounds) who is better at blocking than receiving. Hepburn is a former wrestler who has some good speed (4.54 in the 40-yard dash) and muscle, making him a participant on special teams for a few years to come. None of these guys are worth drafting in 2013 but Fuller and Taylor have the most long-term appeal. We'd take them with late picks in rookie-only and dynasty/keeper league drafts.