BBAO: Future Lions tight ends

We're Black and Blue All Over:

In our pre-draft Inside Slant podcast, Mike Sando and I agreed it would not be surprising if the Detroit Lions used a draft pick on a tight end.

While they are set for the 2013 season with Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler, both incumbents are entering the final year of their contracts. It's reasonable to expect the Lions to re-sign one but probably not both for 2014.

The Lions did in fact draft a tight end. Alabama's 278-pound Michael Williams, taken in the seventh round, was considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft. The Lions didn't acquire anyone who seems equipped to take on a pass-catching role in their offense, but as Chris McCosky of the Detroit News points out, the Lions are making considerations elsewhere. They have converted receiver Dominique Curry, who spent 2010-11 with the St. Louis Rams, to tight end. I'm not sure how reasonable it is to expect Curry to contribute at the position in 2013 and beyond, but it illustrates the Lions' recognition of the future need they have at tight end.

Continuing around the NFC North: