Detroit Lions: 7 Players the Lions Should Target in the Draft

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Detroit Lions: 7 Players the Lions Should Target in the Draft
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There are seven players the Detroit Lions should keep their eyes on in the 2012 NFL draft as the picks begin their ascension to the podium and the corresponding players fall off the board.

The three-day spectacle that is the NFL draft is never short on surprises. When the human factor is allowed to override analytical analysis and statistical results, the end product is about as predictable as a chocolate assortment.

Like Forrest said, “you never know what you’re gonna get.”  Show me an early mock that correctly predicted all the surprise of the actual draft, and I’ll show you a selfless Kardashian.

I’ve already unveiled my preliminary mock draft for the Detroit Lions based on need and coaching philosophy, but as the weeks go by and players slide up and down draft boards like blackjack cards in an automated shuffler, the final outcomes are still difficult to predict.

As a result, we need to allow ourselves to use more than a slug to target potential future Lions, but rather a shell with a spread to cover more than one player in any given round.

Even with an allowance for error, it’s still tough to pick how the draft will unfold, but like the copy guy from Jerry Maguire said “That's how you become great man, hang your balls out there.”

Following are seven additional players the Lions should target as they prepare for the draft.

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