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Posted Mar 7, 2014

Some of the new NFL Mock Drafts vary on what the Lions might do with the No. 10 pick in May's NFL Draft

Teams can talk to the agents of unrestricted free agents starting Saturday ahead of the official start of the free agency on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

What happens in free agency is certainly going to effect how teams draft in May.

But that doesn't stop the Mock Drafts from speculating ahead of the free agency period. Like always, there’s different views of what the Detroit Lions might do with the No. 10 pick in May’s draft.

Todd McShay, ESPN: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

McShay on why Evans: I know that the idea of drafting a wide receiver in the first round brings back a lot of bad memories for Lions fans, but I really think that Detroit needs to add a guy who can take advantage of 1-on-1 coverage opposite Calvin Johnson and create big plays, and that's Evans. He is one of the best receivers at coming down with 50-50 balls that I've ever evaluated, and he's the most accomplished downfield receiving threat in this class. UNC tight end Eric Ebron would be another option here. Given the depth of the cornerback class, I think the Lions can wait to add a good one.

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

Galko on why Clinton-Dix: After cutting Louis Delmas, safety emerged as arguably the biggest need for the Lions. It’s a little high for any safety in this class to go top-10, and the Lions could consider trading down if there are any suitors. However, if they can get Clinton-Dix (or Calvin Pryor), they can quickly shore up a major need.

Doug Farrar, Sports Illustrated: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Farrar on why Gilbert: Schwartz’s old team never really got over a lack of elite cornerback play during his time there, and in Gilbert, new head coach Jim Caldwell would have an impressive building block. Gilbert led the Big 12 with seven picks in 2013, and he really blew everyone away at the combine by running a 4.37 40 and looking very agile in drills. The tape matches up, and though Gilbert is prone to occasional lapses in consistency, he’s the most physically impressive cornerback in this class.

Pete Prisco, CBSSSports.com: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Prisco on why Gilbert: They need help outside, so they take the best cover corner in the draft.

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Brooks on why Gilbert: The Lions need a lockdown corner to stabilize a secondary that has struggled in recent years. Gilbert is a ball-hawking corner with size, speed and athleticism to match up with the big-bodied receivers dominating the NFC North.

Nate Davis, USA Today: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Davis on why Gilbert: He's big (6 feet, 202 pounds), fast (4.37 40-yard dash time), and his return skills are a bonus. Given Detroit's lackluster play at corner in 2013, Gilbert would be an asset for a team that annually spends one quarter of its schedule playing Aaron Rodgers or the Bears' mega-wideout tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

Matt Smith, NFL.com: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Smith on why Gilbert: Only helped solidify what we already knew pre-combine: He's the No. 1 player at the position, and there's a big gap before you get to No. 2.