If the retail stores can start putting out their Christmas displays before Thanksgiving then we can certainly look ahead to the 2011 NFL draft with five games remaining in the 2010 season.
Anyone that watches the Lions can see that they still need help on defense, particularly in the back seven, while the offensive line is somewhat of a lesser concern. Not surprisingly, these position groups are prominently featured among the first round draft projections for the Detroit Lions from the various NFL mock draft websites.
See below for the beginnings of a master list intended to be kept up to date as one-stop spot for Lions first round draft projections. Click the hyperlinks below to go to each site’s full mock draft.
Da’Quan Bowers seems to be a popular pick among the most recent mock drafts while Patrick Peterson has been a popular selection for the Lions for quite a while. I was surprised to see Marcel Dareus make the list because I think of him as a defensive tackle but the potential to play outside makes him more of a possibility according to at least two of the mocks. Derek Sherrod is the only offensive player to make the list, which makes sense considering he plays on the offensive line.
|Mock Draft||Mock Date||Lions Selection||Pick|
|MockDraftOnline||11/30/10||DE Da’Quan Bowers||7|
|FFToolbox (Matt)||11/29/10||DE Da’Quan Bowers||2|
|Draft Tek||11/25/10||CB Prince Amukamara||4|
|WalterFootball.com||11/25/10||CB Patrick Peterson||3|
|My NFL Draft||11/23/10||CB Patrick Peterson||4|
|New NFL Draft||11/23/10||DT/DE Marcell Dareus||2|
|NFL Draft Blitz||11/23/10||DT Marcell Dareus||4|
|Qi Sports||11/21/10||CB Patrick Peterson||5|
|NFL Mocks||11/18/10||OT Derek Sherrod||5|
|Draft Countdown||10/10/10||CB Patrick Peterson||2|
I will update and expand the list in the next week or two. In the meantime, what are your reactions to these predictions?