Mel Kiper's Final Mock Draft Has Lions Taking Doug Martin

ESPN's Mel Kiper has released his "final" 2012 NFL mock draft. The reason I put final in quotes is because he is going to "post updates based on new information." He thinks there will be a lot of trades that shake everything up, so really this is the final edition that will be the basis for what he works off of in the next 24 or so hours.

For the Detroit Lions, Kiper has Boise State running back Doug Martin going 23rd overall. A running back in the first round? I just cringed at the thought of it. Here's Kiper's reasoning for the pick:

The Lions went with a running back last year when we were sure they'd go after an offensive lineman or corner. I think they could trade down if they don't see the value they want here in the secondary, but this is a team that really needs a complete back, and Martin is the best one in the draft after Richardson. If Mikel Leshoure isn't back at 100 percent -- a legit question -- the Lions are back where they were last year in Week 1.

I'm assuming Kiper is referring to the Lions' second-round pick last year, because Leshoure wasn't taken in the first round. Even so, I just don't see the value in selecting yet another running back with a high pick. I'd much rather look for a talented back later in the draft and go into camp with that pick, Leshoure, Kevin Smith, Jahvid Best and Joique Bell. Yes, there are a lot of injury concerns surrounding the backs on the roster, but to me the Lions would be better off taking care of a bigger need with the 23rd overall pick.

Reminder: You can follow Pride of Detroit on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker