2011 NFL Draft: Odds of Each First Round Possibility Landing with the Lions
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Every day on "SportsCenter," the Internet and on other sports channels, all we hear about is the discussions about the CBA. However, the draft is another major event that is coming up very fast. Many writers on this site have been writing many NFL draft articles, because, well, it's interesting to read about the future of your team.
The Lions could be a couple good draft picks away from being a playoff team. They have a few needs, Strong safety, linebacker, offensive lineman, a power running back, a third receiver and cornerbacks. In this article, I will go through the odds that the Lions draft each player and tell you why.
Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
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This would be the Lions dream scenario. If Prince fell to them at the 13th pick, they would almost assuredly draft him. However, it is a question of if he will fall there. In my opinion, if the Cowboys don't pick him, we will pick him. He is the best pure cover corner in the draft.
Odds of Lions Picking Him: 40 percent
Tyron Smith, USC
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Tyron is the most complete tackle in this draft. Many people believe the Lions have a big need at tackle, but I think it is smaller than people think. Backus has had two very solid seasons, and Cherilus is still growing. Fox is also a player who the Lions seem to be high on. Not to mention Tyron Smith likely won't fall to the Lions.
Odds of the Lions Picking Him: 15 percent
Mark Ingram, Alabama
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Mark Ingram is not talked about a lot when talking about possible Lions' selections. However, if Smith and Amukamara are both not avaliable, as well as the Lions favorite DE/LB, he could be a luxury selection. I doubt they would draft two RBs in the first round in two years.
Odds of Lions Picking Him: 5 percent
Mike Pouncey, Florida
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Pouncey is a player who could step in right away for the Lions at RG and eventually slide over to center. The Lions pick is a little early to take an interior lineman, but they could trade back or just draft him there. Pouncey is not his brother, but he has great pedigree and is a good fit on the Lions.
Odds Of Lions Drafting Him: 25 percent
Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
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A couple weeks ago, Bowers was in the running for the first overall pick or at least top five. A bad combine has led to him falling down many people's draft boards. The Lions have a strength on the defensive line, and it never hurts to make a strength stronger. However, it is very likely he is selected in the 9-12 range.
Odds Of Lions Drafting Him: 10 percent
JJ Watt, Wisconsin
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JJ Watt is a very similiar player to KVB. He is hardworking and talented and never gives up on plays. JJ would be a fabulous addition to the defensive line. Also, it is very likely he will be avaliable at time of the Lions' selection. However, there are a few more appealing options avaliable.
Odds Of Lions Drafting Him: 15 percent
Julio Jones, Alabama
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After a phenomonal combine with a broken foot, Jones' stock greatly improved. He has great potential and could be a great WR. A combination of Megatron, Burleson and Jones would be deadly. However, there are more pressing needs, and he may not fall this far.
Odds Of Lions Drafting Him: 5 percent
Akeem Ayers, UCLA
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Akeem is a very talented playmaker. He will almost certainly be avaliable at the 13th selection. However, he is a better fit in a 3-4 defense and had a sub-par combine. Couple those together and I don't see him landing to the Lions as very likely.
Odds Of Lions Drafting Him: 2 percent
Cameron Jordan, Cal
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Cameron Jordan is a very solid defensive end who would add to the strength of DE. He is projected anywhere from 12-20, so he will probably be available. However, Watt and Bowers are ranked ahead of him on most lists, and therefore he would probably not be the choice.
Odds Of Lions Drafting Him: 7 percent
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Hopefully, you all enjoyed reading my input. Let me know in the comments what you think and who we will draft. Thanks for reading! Go Lions!