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In Which We Bury a Detroit Lions 2012 NFL Draft Time Capsule


SideLion Report readers will remember my 2011 Detroit Lions mock draft database, the 125 mock final version in particular. Don’t worry, I’m not about to start weekly database updates for 2012, even I think it is way too early for that.

I did, however, do a quick scan of some 2012 mock drafts that are featured on the DC Pro Sports Report’s database and created a table of their early picks for the Lions. Their projected 2012 draft position in the first round ranged from 11 to 22 which led to 11 different names among the 14 different sites that the DCPSR has listed. See the table below:

Mock Date Pick Name Pos School
NFLs Future 5/6 16 Alfonzo Denard CB Nebraska
NFL Mocks (Sayre) 5/5 16 Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma
Real Sports Hype 5/5 22 Nate Potter OT Boise State
Lost Letterman 5/5 13 Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame
FanSpeak 5/5 15 Cliff Harris CB Oregon
Big Lead Sports 5/4 21 Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
CNNSI (Perloff) 5/4 12 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
Fox Sports (Schrager) 5/4 20 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
Walter Football 5/4 17 Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State
NFL Rough Draft (Mike) 5/4 13 Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
NFL Rough Draft (Ray) 5/4 18 Mike Adams OT Ohio State
First Regime 5/3 20 Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame
Mock Draft Mania 5/2 15 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
NE Patriots Draft 5/1 11 Riley Reiff OT Iowa

Let me stop any of you that might be reaching for the comment box to let me know how ridiculous it is that I just broke down the Lions’ 2012 draft. That really isn’t my point. My point is to document this moment in time so that we can look back eleven months from now to see how correct/crazy the above list turns out to be.

Thanks for reading but it is time to put the lid on this post, put it in the ground and cover it with some dirt.

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  • LionFanCA

    Zac, the first mocks I remember seeing for 2011 had the Lions taking Von Miller at 13 but he moved up a bit higher by the time the combine was over. The common theme for these ’12 mocks is position of need at CB, LB and OT but FA hasn’t occured for ’11 yet so they could still be addressed and there really isn’t a way to guage BPA. With no rookie camps or OTA’s to talk about, this is what we’ve been reduced to, speculation.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      Interesting that the mocks peg the Lions for picking what is perceived to be their primary needs considering their track record suggests they will do otherwise. There is plenty of time for that stuff to work itself out, I just wanted to take a very early snapshot to give us something to laugh at later.