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TWENTYMAN: 10 prospects who make sense for Lions at 16

The Combine is over and the next step in the NFL Draft prep process includes individual player visits and college pro days.

Last weekend's Combine in Indianapolis was an important step in the evaluation process and there are some players who helped their cause.

The Lions have needs along their offensive and defensive lines, linebacker and at receiver (even if Calvin Johnson returns).

Here's a look at 10 players who could fit those needs at No. 16:

Ronnie Stanley, OT, 6-6, 312, Notre Dame:

He's solidified himself as the No. 2 tackle available after Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil. It's unlikely Stanley falls all the way to the middle of the first round, but if he does, Lions GM Bob Quinn could improve two positions with one pick by selecting Stanley to play left tackle and moving Riley Reiff over to the right side. If he's available, it will be extremely hard for the Lions to pass on him.

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, 6-4, 307, Alabama:

He has great size for the position and his game is all about power. He was one of the main cogs of Alabama's third-ranked defense, making 46 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks as the Tide won the national title. He can play a number of techniques but the three technique might be his best at the NFL level. He's not even 21 years old yet.

Sheldon Rankins, DT, 6-1, 299, Louisville: Rankins' game has a lot of similarities to another undersized prospect from a couple drafts ago – Aaron Donald. In fact, Rankins said at the Combine he tailors his game around some of the undersized defensive tackles in the league, like Donald. Rankins was unblockable at the Senior Bowl with his combination of explosiveness off the ball, power and speed. He can play just about anywhere on the line and did so at Louisville.

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, 6-3, 294, Ole Miss:

A true boom or bust prospect. Nkemdiche has as all the physical tools to be a monster from the interior. He ran a 4.8 40 at the Combine and also had 28 bench reps and a 35.0 vertical. He also admitted that he was "lazy" and "didn't always finish" at times in college, which is why his numbers don't match his physical ability. He's trying to convince teams it will be different in the NFL. Will Quinn believe him?

Jarran Reed, DT, 6-3, 307, Alabama:

One of the best run defenders from the interior in this draft. He's powerful and plays with terrific leverage. He's a space eater that allows others around him to make plays. Not quite as explosive as Robinson, which could limit him some as a pass rusher, but he's a grown man in the interior in run defense, an area the Lions struggled last season.

Shaq Lawson, DE, 6-3, 269, Clemson:

Lawson finished among the nation's leaders in tackles for loss (25.5) and sacks (12.5) in 2015. He then went to the Combine and showed off his explosiveness by running the 40 in 4.7 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.21. Lawson would fit in very nicely opposite Ziggy Ansah and give the Lions a terrific young edge-rushing trio with Devin Taylor.

Reggie Ragland, LB, 6-1, 247, Alabama:

He's an old-school middle linebacker prospect that doesn't back down from any blocker in the hole and is as instinctive as they come. He led Alabama with 97 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and broke up six passes, winning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He didn't run particularly well at the Combine (4.72), but that's not his game. He's a thumper, who makes the middle of the defense tougher, and has some rush capabilities as well.

Darron Lee, LB, 6-1, 232, Ohio State:

No one helped themselves more at the Combine than Lee. He blazed the 40 in 4.47 seconds and was also a top performer in the vertical (35.5), broad jump (11'1") and 20-yard shuttle (4.20). He's as athletic as they come at the position. The NFL game is changing and three-down linebackers, who can also cover, are becoming a hot commodity.

Laquon Treadwell, WR, 6-2, 221, Ole Miss:

I sat in on a lot of media interviews with cornerbacks at the Combine and almost every SEC cornerback said Treadwell was the toughest receiver to cover. He's the most polished pass catcher in this draft. He has terrific hands and body control and can step in and make an impact right away. The Lions are in need of another receiver, even if Calvin Johnson returns.

Jack Conklin, OT, 6-6, 308, Michigan State:

Conklin will likely be the third tackle off the board after Tunsil and Stanley. He surprised some evaluators at the Combine by showing off better than average athleticism (5.0 seconds in 40). A former walk-on, Conklin is tough as nails and a technician, which are two A qualities for the position.

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