2011 Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Matthews Detroit Bound?

Adam Fisher@@adamfisher32Contributor IIJanuary 25, 2011

2011 Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Matthews Detroit Bound?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Casey Matthews #55 of the Oregon Ducks looks on against the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Get
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    The Lions are set for a playoff run next year but they still need help. Let's assume the Lions sign Nnamdi. Let's just assume then they have to target two linebackers, two linemen, a safety and wide receiver who can spread the field. It will be interesting to see if the Lions stick to their plan of drafting best player available or if they draft for need this year.

1st Round 13th Overall: Von Miller LB Texas A&M

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers throws under pressure from Von Miller #40 of the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by C
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    Von Miller would bring leadership and nastiness about him that the Detroit Lions need Levy doesn't have that. He covers sideline to sideline and is a tackling machine.

    Another option is Akeem Ayers, LB from UCLA.

2nd Round 44th Overall: OG Miami

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 25:  Offensive lineman Orlando Franklin #74 of the Miami Hurricanes drops back to block while taking on the Wake Forest Demon Decons at Dolphin Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated Wake Forest 16-10.  (Photo by Dou
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    6'7" 318 pounds—that's a man among boys. The Lions have to draft two o-lineman in this draft or you can say bye-bye to Stafford, which we do not want.

    Other Target: Jonathan Baldwin WR Pitt

3rd Round 75th Overall: Casey Matthews LB Oregon

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    EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 04:  Linebacker Casey Matthews #55 of the Oregon Ducks rushes the quarterback in the second quarter of the game against the New Mexico Lobos at Autzen Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 72-0. (Photo
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    Casey Matthews never gives up on play—he is a hustler and he would be welcomed with open arms to Detroit. He and Miller would be studs for the Lions defense for years.

    This should be the only target must have.

4th Round 106 Overall: Jeron Johnson S Boise St.

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Jeron Johnson #23 of the Boise State Broncos reacts in the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christ
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    I've watched him for four years and whoever takes Jeron might be getting one of the biggest steals in recent draft memory for me. I have never seen someone hit so many guys out cold in his college career and make guys look foolish if they tried to cross his path. He will lay the wood to you and make sure you do not get up. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and he would be the perfect compliment to Louis Delmas. If the Lions pass up on Jeron Johnson, they will regret it.

    Other Target: Titus Young WR Boise St.

5th Round 137 Overall: Marcus Gilbert OT Florida

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert #76 of the Florida Gators takes a breather during a stoppage in play against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeate
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    Marcus Gilbert, 6'5" 320 lbs, continues to make Matthew Stafford happy so he can stay healthy all year, Gilbert has been overlooked his whole career.

    Other Target: Marcus Cannon OT TCU

6th Round 183 Overall: Terrance Toliver WR LSU

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 22:  Terrance Toliver #80 of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates after a touchdown against the Ole Miss Rebels on November 22, 2008 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Terrance will be able to spread the field, might not get much playing time at first but will work his butt off to get playing time.


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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 26: Coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Lions defeated the Dolphins 34-27.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    If the Lions don't get Nnamdi I think they have to go with a CB in one of the first two rounds. It should be interesting, but the draft is still far away.