FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Detroit Lions

With The 20th Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Detroit Lions Select...

4/21/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. I'll be making the next pick for the Detroit Lions, with the #20 pick.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
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13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, LB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
18. Denver Broncos - Brian Cushing, LB, USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

The Lions took Aaron Curry with the #1 pick in this mock draft. They still have needs pretty much everywhere, however. This team was obviously one of the worst teams in the history of the NFL.

My philosophy for rebuilding teams like this is simple. Build from the trenches. Whether it's offensive line or defensive line, you need to be able to control the line of scrimmage in order for the rest of your team to see true success.

Some players that the Lions should consider with this pick are Eben Britton (OT, Arizona), William Beatty (OT, Connecticut), Tyson Jackson (DE, LSU), Robert Ayers (DE, Tennessee) and Peria Jerry (DT, Mississippi).

Britton and Beatty are the best offensive linemen left. Many experts debate which one should be taken higher, but both are huge linemen, expected to be solid at the next level. Perry is a huge DT, and some people have the Lions taking him here, but I believe that they can get more value AND more results out of a defensive end at this pick. I think that Jackson and Ayers are the two best players available right now, and I think that either of them would be an excellent pick for the Lions.

In the end, I have to lean towards Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU. He's a little bigger than Ayers, and he has a little more experience on his side, as Ayers was only a 1-year starter. I believe Jackson is the slightly better pick, and he's the one the Lions are taking with this pick in the Mock Draft.
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4/21/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

I still think that Detroit will take Stafford #1, and perhaps go for Laurenitis (spell check !) at #20.     The whole "Chris Spielman" synergy will be too hard to pass up !!

Now, if they sign Vick to be QB, then take Jason Smith at #1 (or Curry), then things could get real interesting !!

4/21/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

Guy's, never, ever expect the Lions to make the proper pick. Stafford will be their #1 pick, and an offensive lineman with the 20th pick. The Lions will take someone you think is a lower pick, or the wrong pick.
So many holes on both sides of the ball...three drafts will be needed before they can make a comeback.

4/21/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Kind of a reach for Peria Jerry, but I like him as well.  The Lions need a lot and the way this mock draft has gone, anything is possible.  If they take Curry #1, Eben Britton, OT from Arizona would be a good choice here to get a solid Tackle after missing out on the "Big 4" at the top of the round.  But as mentioned, they do need a lot, and Jackson wouldn't be a bad choice either.  I think the Broncos may utimately take Jackson at #12 or even #18 if he slips, but he is a great 3-4 type player, which is what most of the NFC North plays.

4/21/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

In a 4-3 Jackson is more of an UT. I personall would have leaned towards Ayers at this spot or if you wanted an UT then take Peria Jerry

4/21/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Tyson Jackson would not be a good pick for the Lions. Detroit plays a 4-3 defense and Jackson is a prototypical 3-4 defensive end.  Since this mock draft has Curry going at #1, they still need to address QB, so based on this mock, I'd go with Josh Freeman at 20.