2009 Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Restoring the Roar

Derrick DennisContributor IFebruary 4, 2009

At times it seems as though the NFL could award the Detroit Lions the first six straight picks in the draft out of pity and those six players whoever they were would in turn become busts just to spite the Lions.

Before I look forward into this years draft I have to look back at the drafts of the past two years because in my opinion those two will have a lot of impact on this years draft and I will only be listing the players i feel are responsible for that.


In 2007, the Lions took:
Drew Stanton QB  Michigan State 43rd pick
Ikaika Alama-Francis DE  Hawaii 58th pick 

In 2008 the Lions took:  
Gosder Cherilus OT  Boston College 17th pick
Jordon Dizon LB  Colorado 45th pick
Andre Fluellen DT  Florida State 87th pick
Landon Cohen DT  Ohio 216th pick
Cliff Avril LB  Purdue 92nd pick

For starters the Lions have a second round pick from the 2007 draft at Quarterback in Drew Stanton who has been ruined by Mike Martz changing his throwing motions along with injuries.
The first thing Jeff Schwartz needs to do is find out if he is even worth keeping on the roster, then maybe see if he can be salvaged and turned into a starting quarterback.
I'm betting at best he turns out to be a decent backup but Dan Orvoloskey can provide that same service at a much cheaper price, not to mention there's Culpepper who is still on the roster for now.
Also in the 2007 Draft, the Lions decided to roll the dice on a player everybody deemed a work in progress in Ikaika Alama-Francis. Well two years later hes still a work in progress only now 2008 draft pick LB turned DE Cliff Avril is right there with Francis fighting for playing time.
Also in the defensive line mix are DTs Andre Fluellen and Landon Cohen who are going to have to eat a lot of big macs if either is going to ever be able to fill the hole at DT the Lions created by trading away Shaun Rogers.
With the talent already drafted, I expect the Lions to skip drafting defensive lineman in the draft and address the defensive line through free agency.
By the way, Albert Haynesworth is a free agent and usually when Lions get head coaches from other teams, their old players follow.

No. 1 - OT Andre Smith - Alabama / OT Eugene Monroe - Virginia
Unless the Lions can trade out of the No. 1 spot and pick up another second round pick which is what they really need to do. In my opinion the Lions need to go this route, with the first round pick they need to take either OT Andre Smith of Alabama or OT Eugene Monroe of Virginia.
Andre Smith has been penciled in as the Lions picks in several mock drafts however that was before Monroe made all the scouts take notice at the Senior Bowl. With either player the Lions will have invested two straight years of first round picks into their offensive line and that is exactly what has needed to be done.
Matthew Stafford may be a good quarterback in the future but honestly from what I saw of him I wasn't that impressed, and definitely not impressed enough to make him the number one selection in the draft.

No. 20 - LB James Laurinaitis - Ohio State
I'm torn when it comes to the second pick in the 1st round the Lions robbed from the Dallas Cowboys in the Roy Williams trade (first and third rounder for Roy Williams). If he falls to the No. 20 spot i think that the Lions have to take James Laurinaitis of Ohio State, a lot of people think if he went pro in the 2008 draft he would have been a top ten pick.
The Lions need offensive lineman, a shutdown corner, a big defensive tackle, and a quarterback. They address the line issues with the first pick, they grab Laurinaitis with the second pick to start alongside Jordan Dizon and Ernie Sims.

No. 33 - CB/S Sean Smith - Utah
Brian Kelly and Leigh Bodden were supposed to be the answer to the Lions horrible defensive backs core but instead of playing cover-two the Lions unveiled their new swiss cheese coverage approach.
With the No. 33 pick in the draft, the first of the second round I believe the Lions will go with a DB and with the versatility to play corner or safety I believe they go with Sean Smith of Utah.

No. 65 - QB Graham Harrell - Texas Tech
Scouts have Harrell going between the third and fourth rounds, with a beefed up offensive line and a stud like Calvin Johnson to throw to system quarterback or not Harrell knows how to lead and he knows how to win.
Last year the Lions grabbed Kevin Smith when other teams were passin on him and Smith was considered the steal of the draft at the time. I can see Harrell turning out to be a bigger steal than Kevin Smith was, and your getting a guy who was right there in the Heisman voting for third round money.

No. 84 - CB Asher Allen - Georgia
The Lions address the holes throughout their secondary by adding more depth with Georgia CB Asher Allen. Now during the 2008 season he had zero interceptions which hurt his draft stock and he decided to skip his Junior season which also hurt his draft stock. To his credit the main reason for the zero interceptions was that he played most of the season with a broken hand.
Could return kicks for the Lions who havent had a good kick returner since Eddie Drummond, and at the very least a stand out special teamer but i'd expect him to be in on nickel downs.

First Round
No. 1 - OT Andre Smith - Alabama / OT Eugene Monroe - Virginia
No. 20 - LB James Laurinaitis - Ohio State

Second Round
No. 33 - CB/S Sean Smith - Utah

Third Round
No. 65 - QB Graham Harrell - Texas Tech
No. 84 - CB Asher Allen - Georgia