With the 2010-11 season now clearly in the rear-view mirror in Allen Park, Michigan, and the final celebration of the 2010-11 season concluded on Brush Street in Detroit, the 2011 NFL draft looms on the horizon, an event that is drawing increasing fanfare from all NFL fans.
The Detroit Lions capped their 2010-11 campaign win four straight wins to finish the season with a 6-10 record, and have worked their way down the draft board in the first round, where they will have the 13th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.
For the past few years, a good many of the Pride Faithful have made it through the barren wilderness of Lions fandom by having something fun to look forward to in the absence of winning, and that something has been the NFL Draft.
For many Detroit Lions fans, the draft has become their “Super Bowl,” serving as something to cheer about in the hope that newly acquired players will add talent and that talent will soon translate into wins.
I have to admire Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz for sticking to his guns, and with the help of his coordinators, position coaches, staff, and players, and finally finding a way to congeal a banged-up squad and get some hard-earned victories.
During the months that lie ahead, I will try to alternate my selections to highlight prospective picks so that the Detroit Lions fan community can gain a greater appreciation for those players who might be found in Honolulu Blue and Silver come this spring and beyond. With a broader perspective in mind, I will try to offer multiple additional selections per round when appropriate.
HäMMëR’s version 2.0 features new player selections and an updated seven rounds. Just to provide continuity, here are links to my series of Detroit Lions mock draft articles:
2011 NFL Mock Draft: HäMMëR Predicts the Detroit Lions v. 1.2
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, Jan. 6, 2011, which is a compilation of the Detroit Lions’ selections as found on www.walterfootball.com:
No. Rnd Ovrl
1. 1. (13)
2. 2. (44)
3. 3. (75)
4. 4. (108)
5. 5. (140)
6. 6. (188)
7. 7. (234)
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 version 2.0 started with a lightning-fast Mustang!