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Final Mock Draft update: Options galore for Lions

Posted May 8, 2014

Views vary on who the Detroit Lions might select with the No. 10 overall pick tonight. One thing is clear, however, they'll have plenty of options.

Views vary on who the Detroit Lions might select with the No. 10 overall pick tonight. One thing is clear, however, they'll have plenty of options.

Todd McShay, ESPN

Darqueze DennardCB Darqueze Dennard (Photo: AP Images)

Pick for Lions at 10: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Why: I had North Carolina TE Eric Ebron going here in version 5.0, and he would definitely provide the Lions with another weapon in the passing game. But their biggest need is at cornerback, and Dennard is our top-ranked corner in this class. The Lions haven't taken a defensive back (in the first round) in the last 15 drafts, but Dennard is a solid value at this point in the draft. He has outstanding instincts and is willing in run support.

Mel Kiper, ESPN

Pick for Lions at 10: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Why: Last year, the Lions had the option of taking the top-rated cornerback in the draft, but passed on Dee Milliner. It's worked out so far, even though corner is a big need. This year, they could again have the option of taking a cornerback rated as the best one available ... but, again, they could pass. If their board looks at all like mine, I think both corner and safety (both needs) could be a slight reach here and (A) they really do need another receiver, and (B) Beckham could develop into a star here, even with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate around. He's explosive with the ball in his hands, but you don't have to simply force easy catches, because he's a very good route-runner and will create space.

Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Pick for Lions at 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why: I’ve heard just about every position possible here, and this could end up being Eric Ebron. But the Lions have to go corner. They just have to. Especially with the new defensive staff not seeing much talent to work with at the position.

Nate Davis, USA TODAY

Pick for Lions at 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why: Receiver rumors aside, logic dictates a defensive back. There are several varieties of corner in this draft, but Gilbert brings size, good ball skills and return ability to the table.

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

Pick for the Lions at 10: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Why: The Lions have visited with most of the blue chip players in the draft, indicating that general manager Martin Mayhew and new head coach Jim Caldwell have a win-now mentality. The club seems fed up with former first round pick Nick Fairley and can't appreciate that star Ndamukong Suh has thus far skipped the team's "voluntary" offseason workouts. Donald's burst and relentless style could complement (or replace) either.

Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

Pick for the Lions at 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why: I've said corner all along for the Lions and talk about trading up for Watkins is just that. Why would Detroit give away this year's first, next year's first and a second to grab a receiver when they have to cover the great receivers in the NFC North?

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com

Pick for the Lions at 10: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Why: I think he is the top-ranked corner, and they have a need. So he's the pick.

Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

Pick for the Lions at 10: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Why: The Lions have the best wide receiver in football and a top-10 pick with several holes on the roster, could they really draft a wideout here? Yes, if a talent like Evans is still available. Detroit's top priority should be improving the depth chart and Evans does that.

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

Pick for the Lions at 10: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Why: First time I haven't gone corner here. And I have to say, it feels pretty good. They've done nice things on the offensive line lately but still need to improve protection for Matthew Stafford. Lewan's physical presence will do that.

Eric Galko, Sporting News

Pick for Lions at 10: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Why: The Lions have plenty of young cornerbacks to develop, but they lack young, starter-level talent at safety. The best safety in the class should be theirs for the taking at No. 10 overall, and Clinton-Dix can step in as a starter Day 1.

WalterFootball.com

Pick for the Lions at 10: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Why: I've mocked Justin Gilbert here in the past couple of updates, but the Lions have a couple of young cornerbacks they like, so they may opt to go in a different direction even though I consider the Oklahoma State product to be the best player available at this juncture. 

One such direction is Anthony Barr. Jim Caldwell discussed the need for a pass-rushing linebacker, and Barr fits perfectly. Also, Detroit has shown a lot of interest in Barr, so the team could draft him if Mike Evans isn't available.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Pick for Lions at 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why: Eric Ebron would be tempting here, but the Lions need to upgrade their secondary.

Charles Davis, NFL.com

Pick for Lions at 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why: Lions need help in the secondary, and Gilbert's size will come in handy against divisional rivals.

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Pick for Lions at 10: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Why: Dennard is a tough, gritty cover man with the instincts to thrive behind the Lions' dominant frontline.

Charlie Casserly, NFL.com

Pick for Lions at 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why: The Lions have needed cornerbacks for years. They get a good one in Gilbert.