Posted April 18, 2014

Detroit Lions Mock Draft Tracker

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Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

What will the Detroit Lions do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 16 (via Dallas): Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

We said: Lots and lots of possibilities on the table for Detroit, even after moving back six spots. Does it go with Odell Beckham Jr., adding another receiver anyway after missing out on Watkins? Or, how about Darqueze Dennard, a local product at a position of need?

There are few bad plays here. Pryor stands out because of Detroit’s situation at safety, where it lost a Pryor-like Louis Delmas to free agency and signed fill-in James Ihedigbo. This pick would help solidify Detroit’s secondary, with Pryor’s style of play better meshing alongside Glover Quin than Jimmie Ward would.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 10: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: While I have been focused in previous mocks on the need in the secondary for the Lions — at cornerback or safety — I’m coming around to the notion that the draft’s top defensive tackle may be a special enough talent to persuade Detroit to add to what is presumed to be a position of strength on its roster. With Nick Fairley having underachieved in his first three seasons, and Ndamukong Suh‘s salary cap number still beyond the pale, Donald gives the Lions future leverage and one of the most proven defensive playmakers in the draft.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

We said: The Lions have a clear need at cornerback, which is why many have already locked Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard in as their pick. And though Dennard would be a great choice, I like Gilbert a bit better as a pure cover corner — I believe him to have the quickness and fluidity to go up against the top receivers in the NFL. At 6-0 and 200 pounds, Gilbert, an aggressive press corner, has the size to deal with the behemoth receivers he would face in the NFC North. Add in his return skills, and you have a very special player.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 10: Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA

We said: I do not believe the Lions are going to take a cornerback at No. 10. And after they signed Golden Tate, I’m less inclined to see the Lions spending a top-10 pick on another WR. So, that brings us around to Barr. Detroit did well with a raw prospect last year in Ziggy Ansah. Barr brings similar upside, could bump Ashlee Palmer from the starting lineup and would continue to add youthful energy to the pass rush.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

We said: The addition of receiver Golden Tate in free agency should take Detroit out of the first-round receiver market, and keep talented Texas A&M Mike Evans from cracking the top 10. But the Lions seem well-positioned to address their need for a true No. 1 cornerback, especially in a division that features Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler as opposing quarterbacks. Gilbert has the speed, size and coverage skills the NFL looks for, and he’s a dangerous kickoff return threat as well.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

We said: Schwartz’s old team never really got over a lack of elite cornerback play during his time there, and in Gilbert, new head coach Jim Caldwell would have an impressive building block. Gilbert led the Big 12 with seven picks in 2013, and he really blew everyone away at the combine by running a 4.37 40 and looking very agile in drills. The tape matches up, and though Gilbert is prone to occasional lapses in consistency, he’s the most physically impressive cornerback in this class.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 10: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

We said: Lions GM Martin Mayhew said during his combine presser that the franchise is confident in Chris Houston, expecting great things from Darius Slay and believes it has talent in Bill Bentley, Jonte Green and Chris Greenwood. In other words, they don’t appear to view cornerback as the pressing need others see it as.

Wide receiver, on the other hand, is a must. Mayhew and new coach Jim Caldwell both have spoken about the importance of finding someone to help Calvin Johnson. Bringing in Evans would create another NFC North WR duo similar to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Plus, Evans’ high-point catch ability would play well with Matthew Stafford’s gambler mentality.

Round 2, pick 45: Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State

We said: The Lions still like the thought of a Chris Houston-Darius Slay combo at corner; Joyner would give them their slot guy and an option at safety, where Louis Delmas departed.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 10: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

We said: Taking a receiver like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans or Clemson’s Sammy Watkins to draw some attention away from Calvin Johnson will be tempting in Detroit, but the need in the secondary will probably win out. Dennard is aggressive and instinctive in coverage, and he plays a physical style of ball despite not having great size by NFL cornerback standards. Both he and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert have to be on the Lions’ radar screens at No. 10.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 10: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

We said: The Lions have a new head coach in Jim Caldwell, but the same old problem on defense — a group of cornerbacks that should surely play better given the amount of pressure provided up front. Dennard, the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award winner, would provide a home-state solution with the legitimate shutdown fluidity that makes him the best cornerback in this draft class.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 10: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: Watkins could climb higher than this (especially after that dominant bowl-game showing). He most likely will not fall much lower. Outside of Houston and Atlanta, pretty much any team above Detroit could justify nabbing the explosive Clemson wide receiver — and the Lions might be sick for years if Minnesota rolls the dice by pairing Watkins with Patterson.

If the Lions get their choice between Watkins, Evans and Marqise Lee, they’d be ecstatic. Watkins fits every need Detroit has across from Megatron.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 21: Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State

We said: The Mariota move really changed the gameplan here. As mentioned above, this spot initially was reserved for Dennard as a top-two corner. OLB Ryan Shazier could make some sense, but Detroit has a strong duo at linebacker in Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy, plus spends a lot of time in nickel. So a swing for the fences with Joyner, an undersized (5-8) DB, who could be Detroit’s nickel starter or provide depth behind oft-injured Louis Delmas.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 18: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

We said: The Lions have received pretty steady contributions from DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch so far this year. Shazier could fill the remaining void as a steady, reliable, athletic tackler behind Detroit’s stalwart defensive line.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 11: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

We said: Maybe another year of getting torched by Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and others will convince Detroit to draft a CB in Round 1. And Roby looks like the best of the bunch. Like Dee Milliner (6-0), Roby is a bit small (5-11); also like Milliner, he has speed and just loves attacking the football.

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Chalo16
Chalo16

Because it's so much more fun to go to the playoffs ever year just to get your *** handed to you every year, isn't it Packer boy?