Now that the Detroit Lions have snapped their in-division losing streak against the Green Bay Packers and have ended their 26-game road skid by beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the confines of Raymond James Stadium this past Sunday, the Lions have likely played themselves out of contention to acquire the services of either of the two elite cornerbacks in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft: LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara.
It is difficult to imagine either Peterson or Amukamara sliding outside the top-five selections to be made in late April, 2011, and I have made adjustments to the Detroit Lions prospective new draft position along with the young men who might be available for selection when the Lions are on the clock for each of their respective picks.
The departure of LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson as the Detroit Lions top selection affords speculation as to who might be on the board with the No. 6 overall selection. Hopefully the Detroit Lions will win this weekend in Miami and at home against Minnesota to bring in 2011 on a victorious note, once again altering the Detroit Lions draft position.
I have been a Detroit Lions mock draft enthusiast for several years. My selections are largely guided by the information made available by the fine people at NFLDraftScout (www.nfldraftscout.com) and Drafttek (www.drafttek.com). Michael Sudds is a draft prospect authority and his opinion is one that I highly value. I would like to credit these sources, as well as make them available to you in your quest to “mock the Detroit Lions draft” like many of us do.
Here is the template from which I will be working as of today, December 15, 2010. The Detroit Lions have their own picks in rounds one through six (1.-6.a.), plus Philadelphia’s sixth-round pick (6.b.), for a current total of seven picks in the 2011 NFL Draft.
No. Rnd Ovrl
1. 1. (6)
2. 2. (35)
3. 3. (67)
4. 4. (100)
5. 5. (134)
6. 6.a. (173)
7. 6.b. (195)
I try to allow for a reasonable number of compensatory picks beginning at the end of the third round to give a more realistic feel for where the overall selection will be made. When appropriate, I will offer primary and alternate player picks for each prospective draft selection.
Let’s get started and GO LIONS WIN!