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What position do early mock drafts have the Lions picking at No. 10?

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Most of the early mock drafts have the Lions selecting either a receiver or cornerback with the No. 10 overall pick in May's NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is 91 days away and 32 NFL teams have a lot of work to do until then.

There’s the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month. Prospects will then host scouts, coaches and front office staff at their college campus for workouts. Finally, in the month leading into the draft, teams will bring 30 players to their facility for a more extensive interview process.

Like I said, there’s a lot of work to be done before that card gets turned into the league.

The Lions own the No. 10 pick in the draft and there’s a number of different ways they could go. They could add a playmaking receiver, a stout cornerback or maybe one of the best safety, outside linebacker or tight end prospects available.

In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said there could be as many as nine receivers selected in the first round.

The pickings at cornerback are less fruitful, according to Kiper, with only two or three prospects pegged as first rounders.

Justin GilbertCB Justin Gilbert (Photo: AP Images)

All of that will shake out over the next three months, but here’s a look at some early mock drafts and what the Lions could do at No. 10:

Mel Kiper. ESPN

No. 10 -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Kiper on why Gilbert: Gilbert has some competition to be the first corner taken, but I expect him to put up some pretty impressive numbers at the combine. He should prove to be a pretty big draw in a league where big corners who can battle at the catch point but also have elite speed and quickness are coveted. Detroit should get some development at corner on the current roster, but also could face some turnover. They need to place a bet on another young corner or two.

Todd McShay, ESPN

No. 10 -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

McShay on why Evans: Evans still has some developing to do as a route runner, and yes, he has some immaturity issues and a tendency to get overly emotional. But he is an absolute pit bull on the field, and there is no receiver in this draft who is more dangerous when the ball is in the air. Both the tape and the advanced metrics make the case that he is the most proven down-the-field pass-catcher in the 2014 class. The Lions need a difference-maker opposite Calvin Johnson, and Johnson's leadership and experience could be just what Evans needs to avoid early-career pitfalls.

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

No. 10 – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Burke on why Watkins: Watkins could climb higher than this (especially after that dominant bowl-game showing). He most likely will not fall much lower. Outside of Houston and Atlanta, pretty much any team above Detroit could justify nabbing the explosive Clemson wide receiver — and the Lions might be sick for years if Minnesota rolls the dice by pairing Watkins with Patterson. If the Lions get their choice between Watkins, Evans and Marqise Lee, they’d be ecstatic. Watkins fits every need Detroit has across from Megatron.

Nate Davis, USA Today

No. 10 – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Davis on why Evans: Calvin Johnson has plenty of years left, but the wear and tear is starting to show. Evans is another big body (6-5, 225) who would probably flourish in single coverage against second-tier corners.

Eric Galko, Sporting News

No. 10 – Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Galko on why Lee: After Calvin Johnson, the Lions don’t have a receiver that’s talented enough to be a legitimate NFL starter. In fact, most of their receivers would struggle to make many NFL rosters. While it’s reminiscent of the Matt Millen years, Marqise Lee is a consistent, talented, middle of the field receiver who could make the Stafford-to-Megatron connection even more dominant.

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

No. 10 – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Rang on why Mosley: The Lions boast scary talent along the defensive line but this remains a feast or famine unit needing leadership and consistency. Mosley's instincts, athleticism and reliable tackling make him a safe projection in the middle or at weak-side linebacker. Further, his gutty, determined play might provide the leadership this defense needs to reach their obvious potential.

Mike EvansWR Mike Evans (Photo: AP Images)

Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

No. 10 – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Brugler on why Dennard: The Lions expected more out of their secondary this season, but the results haven't been quite what they expected. Dennard isn't the fastest and needs to control his aggressive nature downfield, but he works hard to gain positioning and blankets receivers with his physicality.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

No. 10 – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Buck Books, NFL.com

No. 10 – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Charles Davis, NFL.com

No. 10 – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Matt Smith, NFL.com

No. 10 Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State