Round 1, Pick 10: DT Aaron Donald
See why I made you wait?
You're welcome. In all seriousness, Donald would be a great addition to a front line that has lacked the devastating pass rush despite the talent that composes the unit. Opposing offensive linemen would never receive a break and would certainly be run down by the final quarter, making it easier for their fresher counterparts on Detroit's D-line to get after the quarterback during critical fourth-quarter drives.
Round 2, Pick 45: S Deone Bucannon
What are you looking for in a safety? A guy who can hit? Deone Bucannon racked up 220 tackles the past two years. You need a guy who can make plays? Bucannon recorded six interceptions last year while opposing offenses tried at all costs to avoid him since he was the only real defensive threat on Washington State's squad.
Round 3, Pick 76: WR Kevin Norwood
For my mock draft, I didn't want to go through the thorny mess of anticipating what assets the Lions would give up to get Watkins. So we're keeping it simple and getting the Lions the receiver they need in the third round. Kevin Norwood is a team-first guy who never posted crazy numbers at Alabama, but did whatever it took for the team to win. He also has great hands and solid size at 6'2".
Round 4, Pick 111: C Marcus Martin
The successor to Raiola is coming in the third round. Marcus Martin is a mountain of a man, checking in at 6'3" and 320 pounds. He played only one season at center, but would be able to take the first year slow and learn under the long-time veteran Raiola.
Round 4, Pick 133: OLB Jordan Tripp
The small-school prospect from Montana will get a legitimate shot at starting in his rookie year. He might need another year of schooling and weight training before he's ready to wrest Palmer's job from him, but his athleticism means he can contribute on special teams and as a situational pass-rusher.
Round 4, Pick 136: DE James Gayle
You know Mayhew can't help himself. If there is a defensive lineman on the board and he's anywhere near the best player available, Mayhew will pull the trigger. James Gayle won't be an All-Pro, but he can find a niche as the fourth defensive end on the roster.
Round 6, Pick 189: CB Shaquille Richardson
You can exhale now. I've got your cornerback, but I did it at my own pace. In the sixth round, Shaquille Richardson could prove to be a great value. His big body (6'3") is exactly what Austin wants and with veterans like Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis on the roster, Richardson will have time to develop.
Round 7, Pick 227: K Chris Boswell
The seventh round is for taking fliers or for finding specialists. In this case, it's both. Chris Boswell has struggled with his accuracy the past couple years, but has a strong enough leg to warrant a chance. Perhaps he can regain his groove inside the windless dome of Ford Field.