NFL Mock Draft 2011: Jimmy Smith and Bruce Carter Head Detroit Lions' Class
I think there is a trade in the future of the Lions, but for this mock draft I will select based on the assumption the Lions stay with the picks they currently have. I think the Lions have a chance to greatly bolsterer their team. I think if they hit on their picks this year we have a chance to be in the playoffs next year.
First Round #13
Smith will help improve the Lions secondary
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The Lions may have an opportunity to draft Prince Amukamara, but I think Jimmy Smith is the player they actually have their eye on. Smith has excellent physical skills, and I think the maturity and character issues are behind him.
Second Round #44
LeShoure would be an excellent compliment to Jahvid Best
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The Lions use their second round pick to address the need for a power back. LeShoure put up very good numbers in his last year at Illinois rushing for almost 1,700 yards. Best is a great speed back and receiver out of the backfield, having a player like like LeShoure to be the change of pace back would be excellent for both players, and the Lions organization.
Third Round #75
Carter is a first round talent
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Bruce Carter would have been a first round pick, and probably would have been a top 15 pick, except for a torn ACL in November 2010. If Carter is cleared medically than he would be an absolute steal in the third round. The Lions are in great need of a linebacker help and Carter would be a huge lift for the depleted unit.
Fourth Round #107
Barksdale could be the eventual replacement for Jeff Backus
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The Lions address the need to upgrade and stock the offensive line here by drafting OT Joe Barksdale. Barksdale has had experience working at both right and left tackle and has enough upside to potentially compete for the starting right tackle position and be the eventual replacement for Jeff Backus.
Fifth Round #154
The Lions need receiving help
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If Toliver is available he would be an upgrade over Derrick Williams who has been a disappointment in Detroit. The end of the draft tends to be a crap shoot and Detroit needs to get a legit number 3 receiver. There is a rumor going around that Chad Ochocinco might be headed to Detroit. If that is the case it allows Toliver to work behind a group of veterans.
Seventh Round #205
Arkin could help fill the need at RG
Arkin played both RG and LT at Missouri State. He's a good pick in the seventh round as he could end up being a valuable part of the offensive line.
The Lions hit with last years draft, headlined by Suh.
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I think this would be a successful draft for the Lions. I think they would get immediate starters in Jimmy Smith and Bruce Carter. LeShoure would split carries with Jahvid Best, and provide a good goal line back. I think Barksdale and Akrin could be eventual starters or at the very least good rotational players. The fifth round pick of Tolivar could end up being one of the gems of the draft, he's got a good frame size and has been productive.