ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions hit on their biggest need during the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.
But there are six rounds, seven potential Lions picks and a bunch more needs to go. With that in mind, and after looking at a very offense-heavy top of the first round Thursday, here are some players who make sense for Detroit on Day 2 of the draft.
The Lions, as of now, have picks No. 53 and No. 85 on Friday night.
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina: The 6-foot-2 receiver had a standout 2016 season with 158 catches for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns. He has an NFL pedigree with his father and uncle playing in the NFL. He would be a good-sized receiver to pair with the Lions starters and be a No. 3 right away with the potential for more.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee: He never put up huge numbers at Tennessee, but he’s a strong runner and has less mileage on his body than other backs. His size -- 5-foot-10, 214 pounds -- is also pretty good. He can also catch passes out of the backfield.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo: He's received a lot of attention from the Lions, and Bob Quinn has shown that he’s not shy about doing the homework necessary on a player when he’s focused on him (see Jarrad Davis). Hunt is a strong runner who likes contact, but has the shiftiness to to get away from defenders late. He’d be an intriguing addition to Detroit's backfield.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State: The one-time running back would be a steal if he were still around at No. 53. His size might be an issue (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) but his speed is elite at 4.31 seconds. He would be a bit of a project, but in Detroit would have two good mentors in Golden Tate and Theo Riddick, who is essentially a pass-catcher with a running back positional tag.
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut: He’s a physical marvel at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds and has all of the athletic tools -- a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, a 44-inch vertical and a 141-inch broad jump. He can also hit. If he’s there at No. 53, the Lions should consider him heavily, because he could be a good complement to Glover Quin.
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado: He can play inside and outside, and positional flexibility is something Quinn covets. Awuzie has strong coverage skills, too, and would be a good fit.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC: The speed isn’t great, but his NFL.com comparison is Anquan Boldin -- the player he would theoretically be replacing if he comes to Detroit. Smith-Schuster is a willing blocker and has the toughness to move over the middle.
Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan: He has good size (6-foot-5, 298 pounds) and can play both end and tackle. The Lions have some players like him already (think Cornelius Washington), but he might be intriguing enough to be an early down run-stopper and move inside on pass downs.
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland: The former Division II basketball player became an insanely productive football player at Ashland with 26 touchdowns over his last two seasons. In Detroit he’d have a similar player to learn from in Darren Fells and could be the No. 3 tight end for a year before moving up.
DeMarcus Walker, DL, Florida State: He would be a good complement on the defensive line to Ezekiel Ansah and is a fantastic pass-rusher with 26.5 sacks over his last two seasons with the Seminoles. The Lions need a pass-rusher, and if he’s there at No. 53, he might be the pick.
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: Kpassagnon would be more of a project, but has all of the intangibles the Lions like in defensive ends. He’s tall at 6-foot-7 with good weight (289 pounds). He has pretty good speed with a 4.83-second 40-yard dash and is incredibly smart. He’s the type of end defensive line coach Kris Kocurek could mold into a really good player.