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TWENTYMAN: 10 prospects who could interest Lions on Day 2

The Lions addressed a big need heading into the draft with the selection of Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the No. 8 overall pick in the first round.

General manager Bob Quinn and his staff will be back to work filling more needs Friday evening with picks in both the second and third rounds.

Here’s a look at 10 players still on the board who could interest the Lions in Day 2 of the draft:

Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, Louisiana Tech

Production. Production. Production. Ferguson became the FBS record holder with 45 career sacks. Ended his senior campaign leading the nation with 17.5 sacks and ranked in the top five with 26 tackles for loss. Quinn is looking for playmakers on both sides of the ball, and Ferguson was definitely that in college.

Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

Physical edge defender whose motor never stops. Rashan Gary got the headlines at Michigan, but Winovich was the more productive player for the Wolverines coming off the edge. He recorded 146 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 13 sacks the last two seasons combined.

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Murphy is tough, instinctive, and finds himself around the ball an awful lot, which are traits both Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have talked about wanting to add to the roster. Murphy collected 58 tackles, four tackles for loss and led the Huskies with four interceptions and 13 pass deflections in 14 starts this past season.

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Williams led the SEC with six interceptions and broke up 11 passes in 2017. He recorded two more picks this past season with nine pass breakups. He is a terrific cover corner with length and smooth athletic skills. He only allowed 27 of his 74 targets to be completed this past season, per Pro Football Focus. The only knock on him is his willingness to be physical and tackle in the run game.

Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

Terrific size and length (6-2, 192) to match the production at Michigan State. He ranked in the top 10 in the FBS with 15 pass breakups this past season. He gets his hands on the football, and the Lions are looking for more players with that trait on defense.

Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma

Played guard and both tackle spots at Oklahoma, which means there’s some versatility to his game. Ford has a rare combination of physical tools (6-4, 329) and athleticism that should allow him to be a plus run blocker sooner rather than later.

Go behind the scenes to view photos from the Detroit Lions draft room on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

A three-year starter and three-time captain, Risner is big, physical and smart. He has long arms and played both inside and outside in college. Some project him best as a guard in the pros.

Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Samuel is a multiple-threat player as a receiver, kick returner and cover man on special teams. He was an All-SEC honoree with 62 catches for 882 yards (14.2 average) and an SEC-leading 11 touchdowns this past season. He also returned 23 kickoffs for 570 yards (24.8) with another score. He can learn from veteran Danny Amendola inside, which is a perfect situation for him.

Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

A versatile three-year starter who was productive both in the box and in coverage. He recorded 59 tackles, six tackles for loss, five sacks and three fumble recoveries playing at the line of scrimmage. In coverage, he had two interceptions and five pass breakups. The Lions like versatile players on defense. Rapp is that.

Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

The former Buckeye ran a blazing 40 in 4.31 seconds at 6-foot and 205 pounds at the Combine. He also showed terrific short-area quickness in position drills. He was dynamic with the ball in his hands at Ohio State last season (12 touchdowns), and showed in Indy he could be a nice weapon for teams looking for a playmaker in the slot.

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