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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Lions Final 7-Round Predictions, Prince Amukamara Falls?

Austin BrinesContributor IIApril 28, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Lions Final 7-Round Predictions, Prince Amukamara Falls?

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    With the draft looming less than 24 hours away, I will make a final seven-round mock draft for the Detroit Lions.

    All of the picks I make are assuming that these players fall to these spots. Although I think the Lions will make trades, I will stick with the current draft order as we have no idea where those trades will occur.

    This draft is very important for the Lions because a good draft could turn the Lions into immediate contenders.

    I will try to select the picks as closely as I can and give some solid input. For the first two picks I will list three other players that the Lions should also think about. For all picks I will provide a scouting report and tell you why I think the player fits with the Lions.

    Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Round 1: Pick 13

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    Prince Amukamara: CB Nebraska

    Scouting Report- The 6'1" cornerback from Nebraska ran a solid 4.38 40 yard dash at his pro day, stopping any doubts about his ability to play cornerback in the NFL.

    Prince is a legitimate top ten prospect that could fall to the 13th pick. He has a ton of positives, great in the run game, instinctive, and a playmaker. He doesn't have a clear weakness, but does not have elite speed.

     

    Why He Fits With The Lions:

    With Chris Houston now a RFA, not a UFA, the Lions already have one solid corner and a solid nickelback in Alphonso Smith. Prince would fit nicely into that second cornerback role. Immediately he would become a starter and improve one of the poorest secondaries in the game.

    With two solid corners, a great free safety and a solid competition at SS, the secondary could be very solid. Prince would be a great start to a possible playoff season.

     

    Other Possibilities:

    Tyron Smith OT USC

    Anthony Castonzo OT BC

    Jimmy Smith CB Colorado

    One of the many DE projected around 10-20

Round 2: Pick 44

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    Stefen Wisniewski OG/C Penn State

    Scouting Report:

    Wisniewski is a very intelligent blocker and he knows all the nuances of the game. He has great leverage and is quick off the ball.

    Also, he is a very good character guy and a team leader. His main weakness is that he is slightly lacking in size, however, his athleticism makes up for it.

     

    Why He Fits With The Lion:

    People are correct when thinking the Lions offensive line could use help. However, they think OT is the need. In reality, the biggest needs are at RG and C.

    Stefen could be plugged in at RG for Peterman right away and take over for Raiola in a year or two. Wisniewski is the perfect fit for this offensive line.

     

    Other Options:

    Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois

    Akeem Ayers LB UCLA

    Bruce Carter LB UNC

Round 3: Pick 75

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    Mason Foster LB Washington

    Scouting Report:

    Foster is the kind of player who will just flat out bring it every game, practice, and workout. He has decent size, but plays much bigger than his size. his speed is not great, but it is good enough to allow him to be a great player.

    One problem is that he played on a poor defense, which means he had a lot of oppurtunities to make tackles which is part of the reason he had 162. All in all, Foster is a little unathletic for his position, but still a pretty solid bet to be pretty good.

     

    Why He Fits With The Lions:

    As I wrote in a previous article about Mason Foster, "Foster did not miss one game in college and was his team's captain. A great character guy, he would fit right into the Lions' locker room.Ever since not being heavily recruited out of high school, he has played with a chip on his shoulder.

    "He is more suited for outside linebacker than middle linebacker but is still very versatile. As a guy who can consistently hover around 100 tackles, he would bring us the second of three linebacker spots.With Deandre Levy already a solid option at MLB, Foster would allow us to use Bobby Carpenter and Ashlee Palmer to fill out the third linebacker position.

    "That situation is much better then both of the aforementioned starting.Foster's size, strength and tackling ability will be very useful in Honolulu Blue. The sure-fire pick of Foster in the third round would greatly improve the Lion's chances for 2011 and beyond."

Round 4: Pick 107

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    Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State

    Scouting Report:

    Thomas has no injury or character concerns. he has good size and is a very strong runner. Also, he has average-quality speed.

    His main issues are catching passes and juking out defenders. He also runs a little high, which could make him injury prone.

     

    Why He Fits With The Lions:

    Javhid best showed us his versatility last year. he can catch balls out of the backfield and make big plays. The thing he isn't, is an every down back. Thomas, in the fourth round, can be the guy that gets a lot of carries to lighten Best's workload.

    Thomas can be a power option that also has some speed and really complete this offense.

Round 5: Pick 154

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    Casey Matthews LB Oregon

    Scouting Report:

    Casey has great bloodlines in football, but also has some very solid skills. he is a good tackler and very consistent.

    He plays faster than his slow 40 time. Also, he is smart and a good player in terms of pass coverage. Chip Kelly has called Matthews the smartest player he has ever coached.

     

    Why He Fits With The Lions:

    The Lions are in huge need of linebackers. By adding Foster and him, they may have found two linebackers than can start along with Levy.

    Matthews has the potential to be good. He won't be his brother, but he will be a serviceable starter for years to come. The Lions could use another good character guy like him.

Round 7: Pick 205

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    Aldrick Robinson- WR Southern Methodist

    Scouting Report:

    Robinson has been a consistent stud at SMU for the last three years. Last year he had 1300 yards and 15 touchdowns.

    He stands at 5'10" but runs a very fast 40 yard dash. Robinson will be a good producer in the NFL and the Lions could use him as their slot receiver. I could see him having a Mike Wallace type impact.

     

    Why He Fits With The Lions:

    There isn't much to lose with a seventh round pick. A player like Robinson could be a pleasant surprise and have a solid impact on the Lions this year.

    He could develop and eventually take over Burleson's role. 

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