2010 Mock Draft: Detroit Lions

Joe WillettSenior Writer IMarch 16, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Offensive lineman Russell Okung of Oklahoma State runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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I know I previously said this article would be published on Wednesday, but with the draft 37 days away and 32 picks to preview, I need to take as few days off as possible.

But before we move on, it's time to look at who won the poll question for the previous article and who Bleacher Report chose.

Who did Bleacher Report chose to be the No. 1 overall pick?

The Bleacher Creatures who voted, all 260 of them at the time of this article, voted that Ndamukong Suh would be selected first overall, receiving 59.6 percent of the vote. Sam Bradford received 35.4 percent and Gerald McCoy received just 5.0 percent.

Don't forget to vote on this article's poll, and check in after this series is over for the Bleacher Creature Mock Draft.

With the second overall pick, the Detroit Lions select...Russell Okung, OL of Oklahoma State University

That's right, the first pick from the state of Oklahoma comes from the Oklahoma State, not the University of Oklahoma like expected.

Russell Okung will be picked because he is without a doubt the best offensive lineman in this year's draft class, and he will be given the opportunity to protect Matthew Stafford's back while playing left tackle for the Lions next season.

The Lions have been in the top 10 in sacks allowed every year since 2005, and last season was the first time in three seasons that they weren't in the top three. Okung is needed to help out their offensive line and keep Stafford from being injured from a defensive end nailing him from his blind side.

With Suh off the board, the Lions will continue to help their offense that also added Nate Burleson this season. They have also made a move to help their defensive line already this season with the signing of Kyle Vanden Bosch.

Who else would make sense?

The Lions could very easily go for University of Oklahoma product Gerald McCoy, who put on a show at the combine and is the top prospect according to ESPN.

Having McCoy and Vanden Bosch on the same line will turn a defensive line that finished 29th in sacks into a legitimate threat for opposing offenses.

There is also the possibility that, if the Rams take Sam Bradford, they will take Ndamukong Suh to be their beast in the middle and work next to Vanden Bosch.

They could also go for Bryan Baluga out of Iowa or Anthony Davis from Rutgers if, for some reason, they chose not to go with Okung. Baluga and Davis are good offensive linemen who could easily take the job of protecting Stafford's blind side.

Again, don't forget to vote and make your voice heard on who the Lions will pick with the second overall selection. And stay tuned for what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will do third.

I'm Joe W.