It is almost upon us.
The NFL draft, that last big hurdle before we start looking ahead to training camp and actual football, is right there on the horizon, and not a moment too soon.
This will be the eighth Lions mock draft I've put together in the last six months, and I've made good on my promise to vary up the picks and not repeat.
If you've been following my recent mocks, I've been alluding to a coming mock in which I drop the self-imposed "no repeat" restriction and just pick the players I like, regardless of whether I've picked them before or not.
I can't hide behind anything on this one. This is honestly my ideal mock draft for the Lions, and I make no excuses for it. So if you want to criticize a mock I've done, make it this one, and unleash whatever fury you may have. I'm ready for it.
But if you've been following me this offseason, you probably already know who's going to show up in the first round...