2014 NFL mock draft: Six different seven-round scenarios for Lions

Our new batch of 2014 NFL mock drafts includes six different seven-round scenarios for the Detroit Lions.

I recently ventured over to First-Pick.com, which has quite possibly the best 2014 NFL mock draft tool. You can trade up and down and all over the draft while making picks for whichever team you choose. Yes, trades and where players end up being picked can be a bit unrealistic at times, but it's still pretty fun.

I decided to go a bit crazy with this tool by picking the Detroit Lions and coming up with six different seven-round mock drafts for them. Let's take a look at each scenario. (And yes, I finished off each mock draft with Saginaw Valley State wide receiver Jeff Janis. He became my go-to pick in the seventh round.)

Scenario 1: Trade down and grab the top tight end

Score: 5418

Round 1 Pick 19 (MIA): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina (A)
Round 2 Pick 13: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (A)
Round 2 Pick 18 (MIA): Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (A)
Round 3 Pick 12: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (A)
Round 3 Pick 17 (MIA): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
Round 3 Pick 32 (MINN): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (A)
Round 6 Pick 14 (MIA): Chris Boswell, K, Rice (A-)
Round 7 Pick 29 (N.E.): Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (A)

There was a whole lot of moving around in this particular mock, starting with a trade in the first round. This gave me the luxury of taking Eric Ebron and addressing bigger needs in the second and third rounds. All in all, I managed to add a lot of talent, although this is probably one of the more unrealistic scenarios.

Scenario 2: Stay put and take the top outside linebacker

Score: 5049

Round 1 Pick 10: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo (A)
Round 2 Pick 22 (PHI): Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois (A)
Round 3 Pick 12: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (A)
Round 3 Pick 22 (PHI): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (A)
Round 4 Pick 11: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia (A-)
Round 6 Pick 13: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (A)
Round 7 Pick 12: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (A)

Khalil Mack probably won't fall to the 10th pick, but you could sub in Anthony Barr for him and the rest of the scenario would remain the same. I went defense again after trading down in the second round, and I bolstered the Lions' depth at center and wide receiver in the third round. Then, I added some defensive help before going with Janis again to add some extra depth to the wide receiver position.

Scenario 3: Make a move up for Sammy Watkins

Score: 4914

Round 1 Pick 6 (ATL): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (A)
Round 2 Pick 24 (S.F.): Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State (A)
Round 3 Pick 13 (S.F.): Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (A)
Round 4 Pick 11: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (A)
Round 6 Pick 13: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (A)
Round 7 Pick 12: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (A)

To be perfectly honest, trading up for Watkins on First-Pick required a future first-rounder to be dealt, along with a current third-round selection. In real life, the Lions could potentially move from 10 to six with only a third-rounder, but the point is that I made a move to get Watkins. I then later added back a third-rounder by trading down in the second round, and I still ended up addressing needs like safety, outside linebacker, center and cornerback.

Scenario 4: Stay at 10 and take the best wide receiver available

Score: 4866

Round 1 Pick 10: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (A)
Round 2 Pick 13: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (A)
Round 3 Pick 17 (MIA): Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (A)
Round 4 Pick 11: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas (A)
Round 4 Pick 16 (MIA): Dion Bailey, FS, Southern California (A)
Round 6 Pick 13: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech (A)
Round 7 Pick 12: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (A)

From a potential trades standpoint, this was a bit more realistic, although it's tough to imagine Shazier falling that far in the draft. In any case, this more conservative approach hit all of the major needs for the Lions.

Scenario 5: Go cornerback with the 10th pick

Score: 4671

Round 1 Pick 10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (A-)
Round 2 Pick 22 (PHI): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young (A)
Round 3 Pick 12: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (A)
Round 3 Pick 22 (PHI): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (A)
Round 4 Pick 11: Craig Loston, SS, LSU (A-)
Round 6 Pick 13: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia (B+)
Round 7 Pick 12: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (A)

I am not a fan of taking a cornerback at No. 10, but if the Lions can follow that up with Kyle Van Noy, Jarvis Landry, Weston Richburg and Craig Loston, I'd be more than okay with that strategy.

Scenario 6: Go safety with the 10th pick

Score: 4615

Round 1 Pick 10: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama (A)
Round 2 Pick 13: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (A)
Round 3 Pick 12: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (A)
Round 4 Pick 12 (TENN): Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas (A)
Round 6 Pick 10 (TENN): Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama (B+)
Round 6 Pick 13: Chris Boswell, K, Rice (A-)
Round 7 Pick 12: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (A)

I'm also not a huge fan of taking a safety at No. 10, especially if the second-round pick is a cornerback. However, I suppose putting a focus on the secondary isn't the worst idea in the world for the Lions.

Which scenario do you like the most? Vote in the poll below, and feel free to come up with your own scenarios and post them in the comments.

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