2012 NFL Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Rounds 1-3

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Rounds 1-3
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When it comes to the Detroit Lions' 2012 NFL Draft, there are a variety of circumstances that could significantly alter GM Martin Mayhew’s draft strategy.

The first of which is his ability to extend the contracts of current defensive playmakers Cliff Avril, Stephen Tulloch and Eric Wright.

I believe that both Stephen Tulloch and Eric Wright will be retained, but as much as it pains me to say this, I don’t believe that Cliff Avril will.

When Avril hits the open market, his asking price will be too high for a team extending the contract of superstar WR Calvin Johnson.

The second is the free agency process itself.

For instance, the Lions would be less apt to look for a defensive back in the top of the draft if they were able to bring in a starting-caliber player like former Pro Bowl DB Courtland Finnegan via free agency.

Regardless, if either LSU CB Morris Claiborne or North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins are available at 23rd overall, they need to act.

Other significant aspects to the draft preparation include the Senior Bowl, prospect pro-days, and the NFL combine.

All of which have yet to take place.

Recent history demonstrates Detroit’s desire to trade down later in the draft–ultimately placing a higher significance on the players selected in the top-end of the draft.

With that in mind, here is an early look at my vision of Detroit’s first three-rounds come April.

 

Here is a more in-depth look at my prospective first-rounder for Detroit.

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