The Lions have many glaring needs that they hope to address in the 2011 NFL Draft. Some of these needs include; OLB, OT, and CB. The Lions got kind of unlucky with where they are drafting at number 13. There are seven 6-10 teams, and the Lions have the last pick of them all.
If the Lions would have lost their last game they would have the 6th pick in the draft, and would be selecting from players like Prince Amukamara, Von Miller, and Tyron Smith. But instead, the Lions will be selecting from players like Jimmy Smith, Akeem Ayers, and Nate Solder.
The Lions are on the brink of success, and a good draft could really give this team a boost and potentially push them into the playoffs.
Jimmy Smith- 6'2" 210 Pounds, CB from Colorado
It looks like the Lions will be forced to choose between two Colorado players; CB Jimmy Smith, and OT Nate Solder, when drafting with the 13th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
I believe they will choose the cornerback Jimmy Smith with their first round selection, because it looks like the Lions are pretty set at OT as they believe their fourth round pick from last year is their future at the position. However, at cornerback they do not have a long term solution.
So I believe they will select Jimmy Smith. Smith had a good senior campaign for Colorado, although he did not have any interceptions that is because no quarterback would throw at him.
Bruce Carter- 6'2" 240 Pounds, OLB from North Carolina
The Lions have a big need at OLB, while Julian Petersen is rapidly aging and have no legitimate starter at the other spot. If they don't address this need in the first round, then I believe they will select Bruce Carter with their second round pick.
Bruce Carter has superior athletic ability, but there is question about his actual football skills, such as shaking off blocks.
Benjamin Ijalana- 6'4" 320 Pounds, OT from Villanova (Division 2)
Benjamin Ijalana is an exceptional pass blocker, and is pretty quick for his size. Benjamin has excellent durability, starting every single game of his college career. Many experts question whether he will be able to correlate his skill to the professional level.
Mark Herzlich- 6'4" 245 Pounds, OLB from Boston College
The Detroit Lions will likely grab two OLBs in the 2011 NFL Draft. Mark Herzlich seems like the perfect fit for the Lions. He is a leader who would provide energy to the defense. Mark had an excellent career at Boston College, and I believe he can correlate his success to the NFL.
Alex Green- 6'0" 225 Pounds, RB from Hawaii
The Lions need a power back to compliment Jahvid Best, and they cannot afford to waste one of their high draft picks on a running back. This seems like the perfect spot to select a power running back. They have already filled all of their needs, and they can now focus on adding depth.
Justin Boren- 6'3" 310 Pounds, OG from Ohio State
Michigan fans probably hate this pick! Boren transferred from Michigan to Ohio State, and following the transfer he trashed the program. Regardless, Boren is a solid player and would be a good pick in the 6th round for the Lions.
Aldrick Robinson- 5'10" 185 Pounds, WR from SMU
I would be excited if the Lions were to draft Aldrick Robinson. Although he is a 7th round draft pick, he is one of the best athletes in the entire class, as he ran a 4.3 forty-yard dash at the combine. Aldrick Johnson would be a good slot receiver, and would compliment Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson nicely.