Detroit Lions Select CB Stephon Gilmore in Latest Kiper Mock Draft

Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Stephon Gilmore participates in pass interception drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Mel Kiper released his third mock draft of the season today and we once again have a new name for the Lions at pick number 23.

Kiper 1.0 had North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown headed to the Lions while Kiper 2.0 sent North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins to Detroit. Kiper 3.0 sticks with the cornerback position but swaps out Jenkins for South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore.

Mel Kiper explains:

Detroit could get into the mix for a cornerback during free agency — Cortland Finnegan is a name that has come up often — but I’d still be shocked if the Lions go two rounds without adding a corner. They have plenty of talent up front, and they need to turn their pass rush into more interceptions. Gilmore is a bigger corner, a guy that can handle big wide receivers, but he also doesn’t lose much in terms of quickness. I can also see the Lions going O-line or linebacker here, but corner is a big need.

What do you say, Lions fans? Love it, hate it, need more time to decide?

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Topics: Detroit Lions, NFL Draft, Stephon Gilmore

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