2011 Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Matthews Detroit Bound?
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.