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Mock Draft update: No unanimous decision for Lions

Posted Apr 19, 2014

A look at who some of the notable Mock Draft's have the Lions selecting with the No. 10 overall pick next month.

The NFL Draft is less than three weeks away and we’re now into the second, third and even fourth versions of some notable Mock Drafts.

Here’s who some of the Mock Draft's have the Lions selecting with the No. 10 overall pick next month.

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Why Clinton-Dix: The addition of James Ihedigbo in free agency doesn't diminish Detroit's need for more help at safety. Getting the top free safety in the draft, a guy who will distinguish himself with his ability to cover with great range, fills a pretty big personnel void for Detroit, and this isn't much of a leap in terms of where Clinton-Dix's name is stacked on most draft boards. I do think Detroit could consider a corner here, I just see Clinton-Dix as a better player and a likelier early impact maker for a team that should feel like it can be in the playoff picture if it can be better in coverage. The depth at CB in this draft means the Lions can add one later.

Kiper's Mock Draft

Todd McShay, ESPN: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Why Clinton-Dix: This feels early to take a safety, but Clinton-Dix would give the Lions a premier young talent at the free safety position, and his range in coverage and run support would be welcomed. Between him and free-agent signee James Ihedigbo at strong safety, the Lions could quickly turn around the safety position, which was a glaring weakness last season. Taylor Lewan is the best available on my board at this point, but I obviously don't see the Lions drafting a left tackle. And while Detroit needs a corner, none of the cornerbacks in this year's class are worthy of a top-10 pick in my opinion.

McShay's Mock Draft

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville (Pick No. 16 after trade with Dallas)

Why Pryor: Lots and lots of possibilities on the table for Detroit, even after moving back six spots. Does it go with Odell Beckham Jr., adding another receiver anyway after missing out on Watkins? Or, how about Darqueze Dennard, a local product at a position of need?

There are few bad plays here. Pryor stands out because of Detroit’s situation at safety, where it lost a Pryor-like Louis Delmas to free agency and signed fill-in James Ihedigbo. This pick would help solidify Detroit’s secondary, with Pryor’s style of play better meshing alongside Glover Quin than Jimmie Ward would.

Burke's Mock Draft

Eric Galko, Sporting News: Ha Ha Clinton, Dix, S, Alabama

Why Clinton-Dix: The Lions needed help at safety after letting Louis Delmas walk, and even after adding James Ihedigbo in free agency, they still need to address the position. Clinton-Dix is the best safety in the class, and a clear cut above whomever they could get in round two.

Galko's Mock Draft

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Justin GilberCB Justin Gilbert (Photo: AP Images)

Why Gilbert: New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin inherits a unit that was terrible a year ago in creating turnovers. Safety Louis Delmas led the team with three interceptions and he's no longer on the roster. Veteran Chris Houston was the only cornerback on the team to intercept a pass. Gilbert is a proven playmaker who led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013 and returned six kickoffs for scores over his collegiate career.

Rang's Mock Draft

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Why Ebron: Jim Caldwell’s experience with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis could prompt him to surround Matthew Stafford with a explosive weapons on the perimeter.

WalterFootball.com: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

What Barr: 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.

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