Justin Gilbert speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadum. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Gilbert visiting Detroit Lions


The Detroit Lions are expected to add another offensive weapon with the tenth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, as they probably have their sights set on putting together a juggernaut of an offense with Matthew Stafford at the helm. I mean, the Lions added Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi this offseason, re-signed Brandon Pettigrew, made Joique Bell (can catch passes out of the backfield with ease) a priority in restricted free agency, and gave a nice contract to talented WR2 Golden Tate. They’ve made some good moves to help bolster or maintain the talent around Stafford, but they could still add another wide receiver, especially since the Lions still lack depth at that position despite an excellent top duo of Calvin Johnson and Tate. And even though this year’s draft class is very deep at receiver, the best receiver at No. 10 is likely better than the best DE or DB available there.

That said, the Lions could view defense as a bigger need, as they could always beef up their pass defense by adding a defensive back or pass rusher in the first. If they decide to take a CB (probably their biggest need on defense), then most people view Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert as their two best options.

According to Lions official site beat writer Tim Twentyman, Gilbert is on a pre-draft visit with the Lions today, and he’s taken in their practice. Gilbert would be a very good addition for the Lions, as he is an excellent playmaker on defense with the type of speed that also makes him an impact return man. Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. are better players, but Gilbert is a strong option for the Lions.


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