2012 NFL Mock Draft: 5 First Round Prospects for the Detroit Lions

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: 5 First Round Prospects for the Detroit Lions
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When attempting to project Detroit’s possible draft position, I had to entertain the thought that the Lions could end up representing the National Football Conference in Super Bowl XLVI. In doing so they will have been locked into the 32nd pick overall.

Now I’m as big a Lions fan as the next Motown fanatic, but the reality is that Detroit’s season could end tonight in New Orleans.

However, if the Lions defeat the Saints in tonight’s Wild Card game, I believe that there is a good chance that Detroit goes to San Francisco and defeats the 49ers in what would be a highly anticipated rematch.

It’s a scenario that would ultimately send Matthew Stafford and the Lions to Green Bay to compete for the NFC Championship.

So, how would that affect Detroit’s opportunity to land a blue-chip prospect in the first round?

It wouldn’t.

The 2012 NFL draft is loaded with talent relevant to Detroit’s “needs,” so I’m not going to place much emphasis on the teams exact draft position. Considering the exceptional job Martin Mayhew and Co. have done evaluating talent, I am fairly confident that the Lions will come away with the best value for their pick in Day 1.

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