I know it's early in the off-season for mock drafts but the truth is I just love doing them. I think it's the intrigue behind trying to get that next great player... the later round steal... the thought that MY team could help plug holes in their roster adding more talent. I am well aware that the FO philosophy is to take the BPA but it's incredibly difficult to mock draft with that philosophy in mind since it's nearly impossible to predict which prospects will drop come draft day. I will still mock based on what I feel would be the best possible player come our pick but I will obviously have our team needs in mind. So here we go:Round 1: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska (5'10", 205 lbs., 4.49 40 yard dash)
A lot of people have Dennard being gone by the time the Lions pick at 23, but only twice in the last 7 years have there been three corners drafted before pick 23. Last year when Prince Amukamara was scouted teams were surprised to find that teams would still throw his way despite being a "top CB". That was because they would rather attack Amukamara then throw the other way.... at Dennard.
Round 2: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia (6'2", 245 lbs., 4.54 40 yard dash)
There are some question marks regarding his past... but he has infinite potential. Dropped out of high school and spent time in Juvi... only to smarten up and get his GED. Has natural instincts for defense despite his lack of experience. Has been used as a pass rushing specialist in the past. In 2010 he had 14 tackles for loss... all sacks. Shows unbelievable determination and effort... has great speed and tenacity. Gunther LOVES fast LB's.
Round 3: Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State (6'4", 305 lbs.)
Possesses quickness and strength to protect the passer at the next level. Positional blocker with good feet to wall off outside shoulder of defensive tackle. Can move to either side of the defender while engaged. Gets low in short-yardage situations despite his height, gets good push. Great character and team first mentality.
Round 4: Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly (5'11", 188lbs., 4.40 40 yard dash)
An intriguing small-school corner with some natural fluidity,especially in the hips, foot quickness and ball skills. Plays bigger than his frame would suggest because of length and at worst looks like a potential slot defender at the next level.
Round 5: Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado (6'8", 298 lbs.)
Possesses tackle size and strength, along with natural bend. Strong punch knocks back or re-routes rushers. Tough anchor, hard to move against bull rushes. Powerful run blocker capable of moving tackles out of the hole with his upper body. Stays low despite his height to get leverage, moves his feet to push the pile or maintain the line of scrimmage. Versatile player with experience at right tackle and guard.
Well that's it for now. Let me know if any of you have your eye on any lesser known draft prospects.