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