Draft 2.0 assumes that the St Louis Rams take a QB and leave the board open for the Lions needs. I have posted several polls my self, and noticed others on bleacher report regarding the 2nd overall pick, and they always vote Suh as the most desirable pick for the Lions at the 2nd overall spot. So that is what this draft will also assume.
Based on the feedback of my first mock draft 1.0, I have made a few changes to this second version. However much if it is the same. There was an added emphasis on the OG position in this mock draft. This is in response to the recent bleacher report post about Jeff Backus having a statistically solid year last year. And the obvious lack of talent at the Guard Position for the Lions. That being said I've never been a big supporter of getting a new LT, so this version just assumes that the Lions will again opt to continue to use Bakus as the starting LT, and upgrade other offensive line positions instead.
Nothing new here.. The assumption being that the St. Louis Rams take a QB with the first overall pick. The Lions know he's the most talented player on the board, and the most disruptive defensive tackle to come into the draft in years. They make an easy selection and get a guy with the highest upside of any defensive player, and possibly higher than every player in this years draft. The new Lions front 4;
Vaneden Bosch, Suh, Williams, Hunter/Avril
Devin McCourty quite possibly makes it to the 2nd round because of some serious hype on players higher on the CB board in this years draft. Guys like Joe Haden, Kyle Wilson, Kareem Jackson, and Patrick Robinson are all rated ahead of McCourty on various CB rankings sites. The highest I have found him ranked is 3rd on Walter Football behind Wilson and Haden. This is great news because McCourty brings a skill set to the table that could be far more valuable at the professional level than either Haden or Wilson. His speed will enable him to cover the fastest WR's in the NFL. He also has punt and kickoff returning abilities, as well as the ability to block kicks. He's faster than every other corner on the board, and should be able to start from day one in Detroit. Regardless of their plans to sign Adam Pacman Jones, Devin McCourty would possibly upgrade the Lions secondary more than any other player in this years draft. I believe he's got the best skills of any CB. Watching him on film reminds me of Deon Sanders, expect big things out of McCourty at the next level.
John Jerry was selected to the 2009 SEC 1st Team and his resume is about as solid as you will find in this years draft at the Guard Position. Since Offensive Guards are the position of most need for Detroit's Offensive line, they grab a great value and another starter with Jerry in the 3rd round. Jerry is again arguably the best guy at his position, however Mike Iupati out of Idaho is the only guard expected to break into the 1st round. Leaving us with a shot at Jerry as long as he doesn't get snatched up in the 2nd round before Jon Asamoah.
LeGarrette Blount is a fierce competitor, who really doesn't like to lose, just ask Bosie State. His charactor as a fighter though should be welcomed since his role in the NFL will almost certainly be a goal line back. Sure he sucker punched a guy after a game being a sore looser, but at least we know he's not one to shy away from contact. And Unless he can prove to the coaches that he's a good enough back to use between the 20's, he'll probably never see the field much outside the red zone.. I think he could be another Brandon Jackobs type back though, with the ability to be an every down back or at least a good heavy hitting change up option. The Lions had a really bad average yards per carry running the ball. And Obviously horrible success at finding the end zone from with in the red zone. Leblount should be able to contribute from day one with short yardage and red zone attempts. And he should make a great tandem to pair with Kevin Smith after he returns from ACL rehabilitation. He should succeed in the NFC North, as even the Williams brothers could have their hands full trying to keep Blount, from knocking them over and bull dozing them for 3 yards at the line of scrimmage. The upside potential is huge also if he proves he can be used between the 20's.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington is arguably one of the most under rated DE's in this years draft. Had he bulked up a year ago, I believe he would be in the top 3 this year. At first I thought he was kind of a long shot to be selected due to his lack of size/weight by Schwartz, however I have since realized I could be totally wrong about that. He played his college career at around 250 lbs, but has since gained 17 lbs of muscle and now tips the scales at 6',4"-267, just about the same size as Clif Avril or Vanden Bosch. Having said that, the reason I'm selecting this guy here is he has the one thing every effective DE needs in the NFL, a really FAST first step off the line. This guy explodes into his first step like dynamite, and gets into the backfield regularly as a result. Subsequently he's also very effective at getting running backs in the backfield as well. If he continues to bulk up he could prove to be the biggest sleeper DE in this years draft having slipped down to the 5th round due to other super hyped talent including; Jason Pierre-Paul, Derrick Morgan, Brandon Graham, Everson Griffen, Carlos Dunlap, Corey Wootton, Jermaine Cunningham, Austen Lane, and Willie Young all being rated higher than Te'o-Nesheim. This years DE class is full of great prospects and Te'o-Nesheim is just flying way below the radar, possibly due to his difficult to pronounce name? But probably due to the fact that scouts didn't know until recently that he could put on some more weight, 250 is just too light for a DE in the NFL.
The Lions pull hard for the fence in the 5th round and decide that to ensure offensive line protection, the added ability to scare the opponent from chasing the QB would be a good one to have. Anyone who ever watched a Texas Tech game over the past few years has probably gotten a quick glimpse of this guy and asked them selves "Where on earth did they dig that guy up"? His name is Brandon Carter and he's as strong a guard as he is scary to look at.. He was in solid pass protection and running schemes as a guard for the Red Raiders and their pass heavy offensive scheme. He's also HUGE at 6',6", 320lbs. Did I mention he likes to eat defensive tackles and the occasional safety for breakfast? If there was ever an offensive lineman with attitude, Carter is it. He brings a whole different dimension of attitude, all though he may be slightly demented as well. Maybe for Lions games he would paint his face in blue patterns like the fighting Scottish men in the movie Braveheart? I bet that would scare Jared Allen a bit.
The Lions now have 2 effective guards to line up and the new O-Line goes : Jeff Bakus, Brandon Carter, Domonic Raiola, John Jerry, Goster Cherilus..
My original mock draft had Antonio Brown going in the pick prior to this. But having thought about it, he probably will slip into the later rounds due to his combine 40 yard dash being a tad on the slower side. I believe this guy has great potential to be a slot WR in the NFL and on a worst case scenario, he's probably a better punt/kick returner than anyone the Lions have on the roster. So not only do we get a valuable special teams specialist, there is a chance he can become a mainstay in the slot between Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson. He's excellent in open space, and can change directions quickly to elude tacklers. Best of all, he has hands that very rarely drop the ball.