The 2007 SB Nation Mock Draft has made great progress this week. We are already up to the #24 overall pick of the draft and are inching ever closer to reaching the Lions' second pick of the draft. When the #34 overall selection arrives it'll put Detroit back on the clock for what will be the third time already in this draft due to the fact that the first time I made a trade with no pick.
When the Lions are back on the clock I will target a cornerback or a middle linebacker. Both positions are big needs on the Lions' roster and can greatly be addressed through the draft. Of the two positions, I'm slightly leaning towards going after a CB since there will surely be first round talent still available, which is one of the nice things about having such a high draft position.
As far as the exact players I'm looking at, there are a few names out there that I have on the short list. I'm sure one or two of them will be drafted before I get to pick again, so it'll just make the pick easier. Three cornerbacks have been drafted already (Hall, Revis, and Ross), which didn't surprise me. Hall and Revis are the top two on the draft board and went in the middle of the first round (as you can see below). Ross went at #22 to the Cowboys, which did surprise me a little. I had small hopes that Ross would fall to the second round so I could get a steal, but alas, that didn't happen.
Once the second round gets closer I'll get into further detail about the players I'm looking at, but until then, take a look at the 23 picks that have occurred already during the SB Nation Mock Draft. Plenty of trades have happened in just this first round alone, something that is very usual in the real draft. Houston has been the most active player in the round of trades as the Texans moved down twice before drafting Joe Staley out of Central Michigan. Staley was another one of those players I hoped would fall to the second round, but he went much quicker than I expected.
New England is on the clock currently and after making their selection at #24, will be back on the clock at #28. Stay tuned for the picks at Field Gulls, the great host of this mock draft, and also head on over to Draft Tek, a website that SB Nation has partnered up with to simulate our mock draft with their system that picks players based on needs and other factors. It's pretty cool, so make sure to check it out.
|1||Oakland Raiders||JaMarcus Russell||QB||6-6||255||LSU|
|2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From DET)||Calvin Johnson||WR||6-5||235||Georgia Tech|
|3||Cleveland Browns||Joe Thomas||OT||6-7||310||Wisconsin|
|4||Detroit Lions (From TB)||Gaines Adams||DE||6-5||260||Clemson|
|5||Arizona Cardinals||Levi Brown||OT||6-5||325||Penn State|
|6||Washington Redskins||Jamaal Anderson||DE||6-5||278||Arkansas|
|7||Minnesota Vikings||Adrian Peterson||RB||6-0||220||Oklahoma|
|8||Atlanta Falcons (From HOU)||LaRon Landry||S||6-2||205||LSU|
|9||Miami Dolphins||Brady Quinn||QB||6-4||225||Notre Dame|
|10||Buffalo Bills (From HOU via ATL)||Patrick Willis||MLB||6-1||235||Mississippi|
|11||San Francisco 49ers||Adam Carriker||DE||6-6||290||Nebraska|
|12||Denver Broncos (From HOU via BUF)||Alan Branch||DT||6-5||330||Michigan|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Amobi Okoye||DT||6-2||312||Louisville|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Reggie Nelson||S||6-0||195||Florida|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jarvis Moss||DE||6-5||255||Florida|
|16||Green Bay Packers||Marshawn Lynch||RB||5-10||223||California|
|17||Jacksonville Jaguars||Leon Hall||CB||5-11||195||Michigan|
|18||Cincinnati Bengals||Darrelle Revis||CB||5-11||190||Pittsburgh|
|19||Tennessee Titans||Robert Meachem||WR||6-2||210||Tennessee|
|20||New York Giants||Paul Poluszny||OLB||6-2||230||Penn State|
|21||Houston Texans (From DEN)||Joe Staley||OT||6-6||300||Central Mich.|
|22||Dallas Cowboys||Aaron Ross||CB||6-0||190||Texas|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Ted Ginn Jr.||WR||5-11||185||Ohio State|
|24||New England Patriots (From SEA)|
|25||New York Jets|
|27||New Orleans Saints|
|28||New England Patriots|