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MOCK DRAFT WATCH: How Combine results affected predictions for Lions

The times have been logged and the numbers are in the books from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Some players helped themselves considerably (hello Tristan Wirfs), while others are hoping to improve their stock at their pro days.

Post-Combine is always a high traffic time for the release of new mock drafts, so here's a look at some of the new ones that have been released over the last week:

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Why: I fully expect the Lions to trade out of this pick. They can slide back a couple of spots and still grab Okudah.

Todd McShay, ESPN.com: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Why: Any team would love to add an explosive cornerback with excellent ball skills. But a team that managed just seven interceptions and gave up a league-worst 284.4 passing yards per game in 2019? A team potentially losing Rashaan Melvin to free agency and putting Darius Slay on the trading block? That sort of team needs to do it.

View photos of the defensive backs working out at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Nate Davis, USA Today: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Why: The Lions are going to have a lot of interesting options, including their own case for Tagovailoa, possibly Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah and, perhaps most compelling, the opportunity to deal out of what appears to be this draft's first legitimate pivot point. But also a good argument here for Brown, a freakishly talented Southeastern Conference game-wrecker who has been compared to Ndamukong Suh and potentially ideal for a team set to hemorrhage bodies from its D-line.

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (w/ fifth pick)

Why: He is the smoothest corner in this draft. He is the type of shutdown corner teams love.

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Why: Isaiah Simmons told us at the combine that his versatility is what makes him so special, and it's hard to argue. He patterns his game after Tyrann Mathieu and Von Miller, though he also reminds us of Derwin James. Whatever player comp you use, the Lions' defense is vastly improved with him on it.

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (w/ sixth pick)

Why: In their trade back from No. 3, the Lions get the best press man corner in the draft by a wide margin, No. 37 overall (second round), No. 71 (third round) and Los Angeles' 2021 second-round pick.

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Why: Detroit has been posturing for a trade down all offseason, but that changes when they see Young on the board for them. The Lions hold firm and take the draft's best overall talent.

Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Why: Isaiah Simmons is a freak of nature, and I've been telling you that since my first mock. The combine only confirmed it for those who didn't already know and maybe it convinced the Lions that he's too intriguing of a talent to pass up on, even if he's not a major need.

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (w/ sixth pick)

Why: With both the Dolphins and Chargers looking for a franchise quarterback, the Lions are in an ideal spot to trade back and acquire more draft capital while still landing an elite prospect that fills a team need. Not only is Darius Slay entering a contract year, the Lions have spoken to several teams about a potential trade for the veteran cornerback. With an elite blend of size, length, speed and competitiveness, Okudah has all the tools to develop into a lockdown corner at the next level.

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Why: Sorry, I'm just not buying the Tua stuff. It makes for a good soundly, but here's the reality - if Stafford is cut or traded, the Lions would eat $32 million in dead money. He carries a $21.3 million cap hit playing for the Lions next year. That, friends, is fiscal suicide. I narrowly have Simmons 3rd ahead of OSU CB Jeff Okudah.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Why: Some think the Lions might consider drafting Tua Tagovailoa as Matthew Stafford's near-future successor, and even more feel they are positioned to trade back. Should they keep this pick and go non-QB, Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, with a win-now ultimatum, need to consider the best defensive player available to deliver the most immediate impact.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Why: In a mock draft without trades predicted, Jeff Okudah to the Detroit Lions is an easy selection as the team continues to shoot down rumors of trading quarterback Matthew Stafford. One trade that could happen—cornerback Darius Slay—would open the door to Okudah being a smart choice for the position-needy Lions.

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Why: No one will be happier if Tagovailoa goes second than the Lions. That leaves Young, the best player in the draft, for them. After giving Trey Flowers a five-year, $90 million contract last offseason, the Lions would have a lot of money tied up in their pass rush. But defensive ends of Young's caliber make it worth it.

Walter Cherepinski, Walter Football: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (w/ fifth pick)

Why: As of this very moment, the Lions need a talented cornerback to play across from Darius Slay. This has been a problem area for quite some time. However, there's growing speculation that the Lions will trade Slay this offseason, so they'll have to find a new No. 1 cornerback. Jeff Okudah is a big, athletic, speedy cornerback with immense upside. He's a bit stiff, but that's commonplace from tall cornerbacks.

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