For the last time, I'll lament Detroit's inability to land Deone Bucannon. Besides my sorrow, the fallout also shakes up my mock draft, but things could still turn out pretty well for the Lions.
Round 2, Pick 45: LB Kyle Van Noy
I'm not very good at poker. Once I mentioned Van Noy earlier, it should have been obvious where I was headed. He fills a huge need and possesses the type of character that BYU demands of its students in compliance with their honor code. It doesn't hurt that he's a great athlete who can team up with Ziggy to ruin opposing offensive coordinators' plans.
Round 3, Pick 76: WR Kevin Norwood
I'm not changing my mind on the Norwood prediction. He's a great value in the third round because of his reliability and sneaky playmaking ability. Mayhew should push Ogletree and Durham down the depth chart where they belong with this pick and solidify the receiving corps.
Round 4, Pick 111: C Marcus Martin
Now, I'm starting to look stubborn, but when my original mock picks looked so good when I made them, why would I change? Martin's huge size is the biggest factor here, because if he doesn't work out at center, they can move him over to guard.
Round 4, Pick 133: S Ed Reynolds
There just aren't any safety prospects who would make enough sense in the second or third round for me to make a move earlier. Reynolds is a disruptive player who can help fortify the back end when James Ihedigbo moves on.
Round 4, Pick 136: DE James Gayle
If the Lions do grab Attaochu, I'll rethink my position on Gayle. His ability to bring down the occasional quarterback is exactly what you're looking for in a bottom-of-the-rotation defensive end.
Round 6, Pick 189: CB Shaquille Richardson
See? I do believe that there is a place for a cornerback in this draft. It's just much later than everyone else thought. As I've mentioned a few hundred times over the past few months, Richardson and his 6'1" size would be a great depth addition to Detroit's beleaguered secondary.
Round 7, Pick 227: K Chris Boswell
Boswell is the best kicking prospect in this draft from a leg-strength perspective. While his accuracy has waned the past two years, maybe the dome in Detroit is exactly what he needs. If he can extend Detroit's scoring range by another 10 yards, he'll be well worth a seventh-round flier.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com's draft tracker.