Throughout much of the pre-draft process so far, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner has been the consensus favorite to be the Detroit Lions’ first round pick in next month’s draft. Today we take our first look at the database since free agency opened and the picture is already looking different.
I surveyed 98 mock drafts that were published between March 14-20 and while Milliner is still well represented, he is now just the third-most popular pick. Here is the full breakdown:
|Detroit Lions Pick||Position||School||Mocks||Pct|
|Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan||22||22.45%|
|Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State||7||7.14%|
|Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M||1||1.02%|
Combine the picks by position and defensive end maintains the lead set by Ansah but offensive tackle opens up a bigger lead over cornerback than the thin spread between Dee Milliner and Eric Fisher. Here is a look at the picks by position:
It is no surprise to see such a shift in the mock drafts considering all that has transpired over the last week. The Lions’ need in the secondary decreased with the re-signing of Chris Houston and Louis Delmas and the addition of Glover Quin while the need for offensive line help increased with the retirement of Jeff Backus and departure of Gosder Cherilus via free agency.
The one constant through this process has been a heavy lean towards a defensive end, although even that has seen a shift in the names.
What do you think, Lions fans? Are you starting to dial in on a favorite?