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TWENTYMAN: Who fits the Lions at No. 45?

Posted May 8, 2014

This is being tabbed as one of the deepest drafts in recent history, and there are still some very good players that can help the Lions.

The Lions went offense with the No. 10 overall pick selecting versatile tight end Eric Ebron.

The Lions needed another pass catcher and Ebron fills the role. Most people thought it would be a receiver filling the role, but expect Ebron to play in the slot just as much as he does in-line.

When it comes to Friday’s second round, the Lions have the 13th pick (45th overall).

This is being tabbed as one of the deepest drafts in recent history, and there are still some very good players that can help the Lions.

Stan Jean-BaptisteCB Stan Jean-Baptiste (Photo: AP Images)

Here’s a few players who might fit at No. 45.

Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU: The Lions still need to find an on-the-line-of-scrimmage SAM linebacker who can play the run, drop in coverage and rush the quarterback. Van Noy proved he could do all three at BYU and the Lions brought him in for a pre-draft visit, so there’s obvious interest.

Marcus Martin, G/C, USC: The Lions don’t have a backup interior offensive lineman who’s ever taken an offensive snap in a game. Martin weighs in at 320 pounds and could compete for playing time at guard and center right away.

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame: The Lions need pass rushers and Tuitt would be a versatile one at 304 pounds with the ability to play inside and outside.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: He’s long and fast and fits the profile the Lions like in their pass rushers. That 6-foot-4, 273-pound frame is similar to Ziggy Ansah's, Jason Jones's and some of the other Lions defensive ends.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Fans might not like the idea of drafting a receiver here, but the Lions still need one, even with the selection of Ebron. Lee had a first-round grade and slipped to the second round. What if he’s the top player on the board?

Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech: Attaochu, like Van Noy, can fill a need at outside linebacker. He has good size at 6-foot-3, 252 pounds and had 12 sacks last year. He can rush the quarterback.

Stan Jean-Baptiste: Another player brought in by the Lions for a pre-draft visit, Jean-Baptiste has good size (6-3, 218) and fits the Lions man-to-man focus on the outside.