Lions Team Specific Mock Draft

Just one day removed from the NFL draft, Roar Report releases its official mock draft, a Detroit Lions-team specific look at what prospects the team might realistically draft with its first three selections. Results drawn from our knowledge of who the team has held private visits with -- and the picks just might surprise you. Analysis and more inside.

First eight selections of Saturday's NFL draft ...
1.   Reggie Bush (RB/USC) Texans
2.   D'Brickashaw Ferguson (OT/Virginia) Saints
3.   Matt Leinart (QB/USC) Titans
4.   Mario Williams (DE/N.C. State) Jets
5.   Vernon Davis (TE/Maryland) Packers
6.   Michael Huff (S/Texas) 49ers
7.   Vince Young (QB/Texas) Raiders
8.   Brodrick Bunkley (DT/Florida State) Bills
FIRST ROUND NO. 9 OVERALL A.J. HAWK - OHIO STATE
Despite rumblings that Detroit would consider Jay Cutler at this pick, the presence of a talent like A.J. Hawk simply cannot go untapped.

The Ohio State product has drawn comparisons to former Lion and Buckeye Chris Spielman, who roamed the middle as a four-time Pro Bowler for Detroit in the early to mid-90s. And while the franchise would welcome back the traditional presence of a dominant linebacker, Hawk's style of play has been more comparable to that of the Bears' Brian Urlacher. With his speed, Hawk has been called a "defensive back in a linebacker's body."

Hawk played on the outside in college, and whether he plays the middle or flanks the outside in defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson's Cover 2 scheme, he will be effective. In addition, he would be welcomed given the dubious health status of Detroit's current linebacking core.

Scout.com Player Evaluation:

STRENGTHS
 Aggressiveness
 Agility
 Instincts
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
 Tackling Technique

Intense and explosive linebacker whose work ethic and instincts help overcome a shorter-than-optimum frame and some rough edges in his game.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES:
Jay Cutler - QB - Vanderbilt (Met with Lions)
Winston Justice - OT - USC (Met with Lions)

HT: 6'1"
WT: 240
Pos: Outside Linebacker
Scout.com Pos. Rank: No.1
Rating:
Video: A.J. Hawk Highlights
Audio: A.J. Hawk Combine Interview
Interest: Met with Lions April 4 in Allen Park.

 

SECOND ROUND NO. 40 OVERALL DAVIN JOSEPH - OKLAHOMA
A safety or cornerback could also be considered at this selection, two positions that Detroit has demonstrated a strong interest in during pre-draft visits, but Joseph is the complete package.

The Lions have stated publicly that more emphasis will be placed on character (no kidding), and the insightful, intelligent Joseph packages a clean demeanor with amazing versatility. Detroit could hone his talent, allow him to develop under stud guard Damien Woody, or even pencil him across from Woody as a starter.

Joseph flirted with the tackle position in college, and although he spent most of his collegiate career at guard, he has also been rumored to make a move to center.

Regardless of whether or not Joseph would start immediately, his presence would solidify a guard position that has been shallow in Detroit for several years, allowing the team more flexibility offensively with the running game and hand the quarterback more time in Mike Martz's offensive scheme.

Scout.com Player Evaluation:

STRENGTHS
 Aggresiveness / Tenacity
 Drive Blocking Skills
 Power And Strength
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
 Feet
 Quickness Off Ball

Highly regarded lineman who shifted to left tackle due to team needs as a Senior. NFL position will be OG, where he possessed the strength and motivation to be successful. A safe pick for an NFL club, Joseph needs to improve his range and footwork.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES:
Daniel Bullocks - Safety - Nebraska (Met with Lions)
Eric Winston - Offensive Tackle - Miami (Met with Lions)
Tamba Hali - Defensive End - Penn State
Ashton Youboty - Cornerback - Ohio State

HT: 6'3"
WT: 306
Pos: Guard
Scout.com Pos. Rank: No. 2
Rating:
Audio: Exclusive Joseph Interview
Interest: Visited with Lions at Allen Park in early April.

THIRD ROUND NO. 74 OVERALL VICTOR ADEYANJU - INDIANA
What's available at safety at this point doesn't meet the value of a third round pick, and the Lions cannot deny a defensive end with the skillset of Victor Adeyanju. The team has been less than impressed with the production of current DE's James Hall and Kalimba Edwards (regardless of his new contract), and Adeyanju brings Big Ten experience and an NFL-ready body to the position.

Adeyanju will have the benefit of working with Donnie Henderson and learning under Rod Marinelli, who helped turn Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice and others into terrors on the defensive line in Tampa Bay. Marinelli understands how to mold athletic talent, and will make 'Adeyanju' a Lions fan household (and pronounceable) name within a year.

Scout.com Player Evaluation:

STRENGTHS
 Athleticism
 Change of Direction
 Explosion
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
 Quickness off Ball
 Techniques and Moves

Athletic, high-motor defensive lineman with high upside. Needs to develop more moves at the NFL level to disengage from blockers. Needs to continue development, but explosive and should be a starter before long in the NFL.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES:
Pat Watkins - FS - Florida State
Anthony Fasano - TE - Notre Dame
Jon Alston - OLB/S - Stanford

HT: 6'4"
WT: 275
Pos: Defensive End
Scout.com Pos. Rank: No. 7
Rating:
Interest: Visited with Lions.


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