The Detroit Lions are on a serious winning streak, three games in a row now, and are moving down the draft board. With their latest road win over the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions would find themselves holding the ninth overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft in April 2011 if the season were to end today.
Should the Detroit Lions take care of business down at 2000 Brush Street against the Minnesota Vikings during the season finale this coming Sunday, January 2, 2011, the Lions could pick immediately following the Vikings around the 14th overall selection in the first round.
To be certain, the Detroit Lions coaches and players will not be entering this weekend’s contest with draft position in mind, rather focusing their efforts on winning, and finishing the 2010-11 campaign with a 6-10 record.
This past weekend it was awesome to watch the Lions score 17 fourth-quarter points to defeat the Miami Dolphins after the “Dolfans” had already begun to exit the stadium. Those Phish fans weren’t familiar with my Detroit Lions, as it can require 60 minutes of battle focus to beat the Leos.
Thank you Chad Henne.
While I don’t know if rookie quarterback Joe Webb will be the starter for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday or if Brett Favre will make his final appearance at Ford Field, I do know that the Detroit Lions “Disassembly Line” (courtesy to Pete Ledesma) is providing fans with plenty to cheer about, and rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been named a starter for the NFC Pro Bowl team.
As the Detroit Lions continue to win and move down the 2011 NFL Draft board, there are new players to consider along the way. With this movement, I have added four new prospective draft choices to my latest mock draft.
Just to provide continuity, here are links to my two previous Detroit Lions mock draft articles:
2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting the Detroit Lions
2011 NFL Mock Draft: HäMMëR Predicts the Detroit Lions v. 1.1
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 and make them available to you in your quest to “mock the Detroit Lions draft” like many of the Pride Faithful.
Here is the template from which I will be working as of today, Thursday, December 30, 2010. The Detroit Lions have their own picks in rounds one through six, plus Philadelphia’s sixth-round pick, but owe a conditional sixth-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons (Chris Houston), for a current total of six picks in the 2011 NFL Draft. For sake of discussion, I’m going to make the pick gained from Philadelphia the selection to be parlayed to Atlanta.
No. Rnd Ovrl
1. 1. (9)
2. 2. (42)
3. 3. (68)
4. 4. (104)
5. 5. (138)
6. 6. (177)
I try to allow for a reasonable number of compensatory picks beginning at the end of the third round, and each round thereafter, 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 by bringing home one of Detroit’s own!