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The Lions hold the 11th pick in the fourth round. Right now that pick is No. 107 overall, but that will get bumped down when the compensatory picks are added at the combine.
Those picks, which are awarded to teams based on prior free-agent signings and departures, start at the end of the third round.
This pick is close enough to the beginning of the third day of the draft that many of the picks figure to be traded. That includes Detroit's pick here, but for the sake of this mock, the team is standing pat.
The last five players off the board before the Lions pick here are:
- Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
- Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
- C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
- Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
When the pick is delivered to the podium, it will read...
Bryan Stork, center from Florida State.
The reigning Rimington Award winner, given to the best interior lineman, Stork is a technically sound pivot with excellent football intelligence.
His hand placement and ability to combo block (engaging once, then peeling away and engaging a different defender) are very good.
The biggest knock on Stork is his lack of sand in the pants, or base strength. This was on display during Senior Bowl week practice, though he's scrappy enough to avoid getting badly beaten.
Stork would provide insurance against Dominic Raiola either retiring or leaving via free agency. If Raiola returns to Detroit for one last year, it affords Stork a year to add strength and learn from a veteran with a similar style.