Detroit Lions April Mock Draft Rounds 1-7: Why They Should Be Drafted

Zac Jones@zrojonesCorrespondent IApril 1, 2010

Its finally April and we're on the brink of the 2010 NFL draft. After many early mock drafts, I've come up with my final selections of who I think the Detroit Lions should take in this year's draft. I also gave a look into the player, providing combine stats, and a little bit about the player. So get ready Lions fans, the word "mock" will be gone till next January, come April 22. 

Round 1, Pick 2 (2) - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Height: 6'4" Weight: 307 lbs

I shouldn't have to write much on this, Suh has been No. 1 on almost everyone's list and it doesn't change here. If the Lions can't trade out of the pick, there's no reason they should pass on Suh, for the second pick in the draft, a offensive lineman isn't worth it.

Combine Stats

40 Yrd Dash: 5.03

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 32

Vertical Jump: 35 1/2

Broad Jump: 08'09"

20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.44

3-Cone Drill: 7.21

Round 2, Pick 2 (34) - Jahvid Best, RB, Cal

Height: 5'10" Weight 199 lbs.

Best is the "best" running back in the draft, forget about it C.J. Spiller. The guy is a human lighting bolt! Detroit Lions linebacker, and former teammate of Best, Zack Follett had this to said via twitter:

"would def take javid in the 2nd if we have the chance.. fastest player ive seen on a football field.. deshawn jackson couldnt see him"

The Lions need another running back, and the debate has been use the second pick, or wait till the third or fourth round and take a corner or offensive lineman with the second round pick. But If you've noticed how Schwartz drafts in the earlier rounds, he goes for the best player available. If Best is there he will be the "best" player available. (cheesy yet?)

Combine Stats

40 Yrd Dash: 4.35

225 Lb. Bench Reps:18

Broad Jump: 9'03"

3-Cone Drill: 6.75

20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.14

Round 3, Pick 2 (66) - Reshad Jones, S, Georgia

Height:6'2"  Weight: 212lbs.

Big time player here, and fills in a huge hole the Lions need to fill. With all the hype around Berry, Thomas, and Mays, people seem to forget about the Georgia standout. In three seasons as the starting safety for the Bulldogs, Jones racked up 194 tackles, one forced fumble, and 11 interceptions. Seeing this guy next to Lions FS Louis Delmas, will have opposing offensive players begging not to go over the middle.

Combine Stats

40 Yrd Dash: 4.54

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24

Vertical Jump: 39.5

Round 4, Pick 2 (100) - Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas

Height: 6'0"  Weight: 190lbs

Nate Burrleson isn't the answer to the Lions receiving game, although a very nice piece, Detroit needs another receiver. After seeing Shipley's pro-day work out, I'm convinced. After four years catching passes from Colt McCoy, Shipley has been very productive, catching 248 passes for over 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns.

I believe he is a very legit slot receiver with great hands, and quick feet. He won't dazzle you with his down field speed, but what he will give you is a guy who can catch footballs, and when it comes down to it, that's what's most important. Simply put, getting Shipley in the fourth round is a steal. 

Combine Stats (Groin Injury on combine, Pro Day results on the right )

40 Yrd Dash: 4.60 -- 4.54

225 Lb. Bench: Reps: 16 

Vertical Jump: 36 1/2 --36 1/2

Broad Jump: 09'08" -- 10'00"

20 Yrd Shuttle: N/A -- 4.22

UPDATE: The 5th round pick was sent to Seattle for OG, Rob Sims

Round 5, Pick 2 (133) -  Marshall Newhouse, OT, TCU

Height: 6'4"  Weight: 319lbs.

All hopes are that Newhouse is still here for this pick, his stock is soaring at the moment and he may be selected in the fourth round. I know it says he's an OT, which is true, he started at tackle all four years at TCU, but all scouts have him moving to guard in the NFL. The reason he is such a good pick here in the fifth round is his versatility, and great showings at the combine and a solid effort in the East-West game. 

If needed he can move right over to tackle and shouldn't miss a beat as a fill in. Scouts show the biggest reason for the move to guard is his "slow reaction time and perceived inability to pick up complicated defensive schemes." Regardless, as a guard he has all the athletic ability to be a starter in the NFL and dosen't have to quarterback the offensive line.

Combine Stats

40 Yrd Dash: 5.00

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 25

Broad Jump: 7'10"

20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.60

3-Cone Drill: 7.40

Round 7, Pick 7 (214) (From Browns) - John Connor, FB, Kentucky

Height: 5'11"  Weight: 246

Any Lions fans miss Cory Schlesinger? Well here you go. Schlesinger once know as "Anvil Head" for his well know affair with breaking  face masks on defenders. Well now you get "The Terminator". What a great name for a fullback. Now before you tell me the Lions are wasting a pick, listen to this. I'll start with offense.

His senior year at Kentucky, Connor rushed for 158 yards, on 31 attempts for two touchdowns, as well as five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. Now remember, he is a fullback. But what Connor is most known for is his bone crushing blocks, this guy can flat out blow defenders out of the way, and be a great lead blocker for Detroit's, less than effective run game.

Combine Stats

40 Yrd Dash: 4.64

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24

Broad Jump: 9'03"

20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.32

3-Cone Drill: 7.15

Vertical Jump: 35

Round 7, Pick 48 (255) (Compensatory Selection) - Chris Hawkins, CB, LSU

Good ol' Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick of the draft for those of you who don't know what that is. More than likely these players don't turn out to be very great, but then again, you never know. So that's why I have Detroit taking Hawkins. Hawkins had a decent showing in the combine this year, and has been a good zone cover man for LSU.

Another possibility is Detroit drafting a linebacker at this spot, or anyone for that matter. Yet I'm leaning towards Detroit getting a nickle and dime coverback if there is one availble here.

Combine Stats

40 Yrd Dash: 4.43

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 16

Broad Jump: 9'10"

20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.46

3-Cone Drill: 6.91

Vertical Jump: 35


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