Detroit Lions Seven Round 2013 Mock Draft

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2nd round – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Height: 6-2
Weight: 216

The Lions need secondary help more than almost every other NFL team. Playing in the NFC North alone presents enough challenges on its own, what with the daunting tasks of facing Aaron Rodgers, Brandon Marshall, and Percy Harvin twice a year. Rhodes would instantly be one of the bigger cornerbacks in the league from day one.

Like Mayhew, Xavier Rhodes is a fellow Florida State cornerback. Unlike Mayhew, Rhodes has outstanding size and enough speed in the high 4.4 to low 4.5 ranges, to give Gunther Cunningham a legitimate option at one of the corner spots. He was a key part of the Seminoles top-three pass defense (161 ypg).

More than anything, it’s Rhodes versatility that makes him an ideal pick in the beginning of round two since his skill-set easily transfers over to free safety, for the perennially injured Louis Delmas or even strong safety since no one knows what the future holds for corner-turned-safety, Amari Spievey.

Regardless of what position he ultimately plays, he would fill a major need on this defense.

Or…….

Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190

His announcement last week that he will forego his senior year in Piscataway boosted an otherwise very average cornerback class.

This season, Ryan tallied four picks, 18 passes defended and, get this, 94 tackles! Ryan’s film shows what his outstanding statistics don’t—a sticky, physical defensive back with the speed to stay on the hip of opposing team’s fastest receiver. He reminds me somewhat of Janoris Jenkins, the cornerback the Lions missed out on last year, but with better size.

3rd round – Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
Height: 6-3
Weight: 240

Playing for one of the worst teams in the FBS didn’t do Jamie Collins draft profile any favors. As was the case with the 2012 Southern Miss Golden Eagles, which went 0-8 this season. However, the defensive back-turned-linebacker was a dominant force in the Conference USA. Collins was extremely productive this season racking up 92 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. He also caused four fumbles. Collins is very athletic with nice speed to shadow a tight end or cover a running back out of the flat.

He flies to the ball and is a dependable wrap-up tackler with some extra pop in his explosion into ball carriers. While he played the hybrid bandit position this season he’ll play linebacker in the Senior Bowl.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    Don’t be totally shocked if the Lions actually end up with a fourth because of the Eric Wright signing. They will get a compensatory selection for that. I like that draft a lot except for the Teo selection. Top 5 in terms of intangibles and leadership absolutely. Talent wise, I think he is more mid-first round. We need a DE there.

  • John Skins

    Te’o has no shot of going Top 5. That’s a homer pick. He doesn’t have the skill set and it would cripple the Lions franchise drafting him there. They’re going to lose Cliff Avril and KVB to free agency, and with a lot of depth at defensive end in this draft they will take Damontre Moore or Bjoern Werner. Also, with the amount of team needs this team has, drafting a punter would be retarded. They could take a flyer on him as an undrafted free agent, but wasting a pick is brutal.

  • Clayton_Bigsby

    I see so many Mocks giving the Lions a CB in rounds #2 or #3, but the truth is they have tons of “potential” on the 53 man roster currently in that position. The need is Safety, Safety, Safety after getting a rush DE in the first round, of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mcpeek.9 James McPeek

    I love to have Tavon Austin first round becuase i know we could really really use the guy.. but id like to have this draft..

    1. Chance Warmack G
    2. Barret Jones C or Dj Fluker
    3. Bacarri Rambo S
    4. Tyrann Mathieu CB/KR/PR
    5. Brad Wing P
    I havent seen a punter ranked this high by scouts in a long time. and again another LSU player.. I am not a lsu fan.. I am a Miami U fan…LSU has some elite players comming out this year.
    6. Eric Martin DE Nebraska
    7.Nigel Malone CB – KSU 5 Interceptions 7th-FA

    • http://www.facebook.com/frank.ribble.73 Frank Ribble

      my source tells me averill won’t be back. barrett jones has a history of injuries.

  • Ksquared2112

    We have Tulloch at ILB, and Teo’ has character issues and got exposed against the Crimson Tide and looked average.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.ribble.73 Frank Ribble

    trade suh for a second #1 pick+. trade down in the 1st round to get a 4th round pick. lions can trade down in the second round, also.

    1. travis fredrick c wisconsin (barrett jones has 2 many injury issues)
    1. ezekiel ansay de byu
    2. bacarri rambo s georgia 1st round talent do homework on drug problem playmaker

    3. devin taylor de s carolina
    4. robert lester s alabama video junkie

    5.dwayne gratz cb connecticut no one threw his way

    6. lerentee mccray olb florida
    7. chris mcdonald og msu

    undrafted free agents

    benny cunningham rb mstu 3.9 40
    dan buckner wr arizona 6’4″

    superbowl or bust
    in stafford we trust