Here is my Detroit Lions mock draft for the first 3 rounds.
Matthew Stafford (QB) Georgia
Stafford fits the Lions offensive scheme with his excellent arm strength giving the Lions a quality passer to connect with Calvin Johnson. Stafford will be signed by draft day. Many Lions fans want linebacker Aaron Curry, though the Lions aren’t able to invest that much money in the linebacking corps with many holes too fill.
The Lions are already paying two high salaries at linebacker with Juilian Peterson, a Pro Bowler, making around $8 million dollars and Ernie Sims is a former first round selection. Look for the Lions to address this need later in the first two rounds with Rey Maualuga or James Laurinaitis.
Michael Oher (OT) Ole Miss
Oher gives the Lions that much needed offensive lineman to protect their new quarterback. He has the talent to succeed and could start at offensive guard until he is more comfortable in the NFL.
Again, many Lions fans will be outraged by this decision, yet they cannot improve an 0-16 team in one year, they go with the best player available here. Defensive tackle is extremely weak in this draft; the Lions will address the need later in the draft.
No. 33 overall
James Laurinaitis (MLB) Ohio St.
Laurinaitis slipped in the draft, because he doesn’t have tremendous physical skills, what he lacks physically, he makes up for with hard work. He fills a major need at MLB and unlike Curry won’t be making a position switch and will cost the Lions a lot less. Solid addition to the Lions defense, solidifying their linebacking corps.
No. 65 overall
Ron Brace (DT) Boston College
While there is no outstanding defensive tackles in this draft, besides B.J. Raji, Brace gives the Lions a big run stuffer at 330lbs. Brace will help the Lions run defense and give them a role player for the future. He does not possess a great ability to get after the quarterback, making him a one dimensional player.
No. 82 overall
William Moore (S) Missouri
Moore had a sub par senior season after an excellent junior season. If not for injuries that marred his senior season, Moore would possibly be a first round selection. Moore excels in run support and has good closing speed that helps him deliver hard hits.
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