Mock Drafts Say Detroit Lions Will Be Looking Defense in 2011 First Round

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 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?

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  • Chris20906

    Corner would make sense but maybe they should trade down and get a second pick or a trade. Peterson is supposed to be great but so was Pacman Jones. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is great and look at the way Pittsburg marched down the field in the SuperBowl XLIII. The ’85 Bears lost the perfect season quest to Marino. There’s no such thing as a shut-down corder so go get two late 1st/ second round guys.

    • Zac Snyder

      The trade down strategy is always popular with fans but it is easier said than done (and impossible in mock drafts). However, I can see the Lions trading up back into the first round if there is a guy sitting there that they like, ala Jahvid Best. I agree with your assessment of drafting corners, Devin McCourty is working out just fine for the Patriots.

  • Chris Zandstra

    You took the words right out of my mouth re: trading down being easier said than done. As far as talking about the draft before the season is done, that’s just part of being a Lions fan. There’s a part of me that is begging Schwartz to sit Stafford and Best for the rest of the season so they can be back in their best form for the start of 2011. I know you want to start winning right now, but you’re not going to make the playoffs this year. Most fans that have been watching closely recognize that the talent level in the team has risen significantly this year. With some well placed additions, a healthy group of starters, and addressing some discipline (penalty) issues, 2011 looks promising.

  • Mikey

    Trade down is ideal, because we could then get a top flight OLB and interior lineman such as Pouncy or the kid from Penn State. Reality is that if we are #3 or #4 we probably won’t be able to trade. If forced to pick early, take the CB. Come back in rd 2 and get a LB like Bruce Carter or Greg Jones. In rd 3 and on take linemen on both sides of the ball.

  • Ross Husson

    There is no reason why we should skip Peterson if he’s there. Peterson is the best playmaker in the draft and also a shut down corner. He’s got good size and is faster than Prince.

    And do you think teams don’t play their hardest to put them in position to get a lower pick?

    • Zac Snyder

      I don’t think NFL teams tank a season like they do in the NBA because of the cost involved. Picking in the 7-10 range of the NFL draft gets you a nice player at a much more reasonable price.