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Poll: What Will The Detroit Lions Do With The 13th Pick Of The 2011 NFL Draft?

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A couple weeks ago I put up a poll about which player you think the Detroit Lions will select in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Nebraska's Prince Amukamara won the poll in a runaway, and the general consensus still seems to be that if Amukamara is there, he is the overwhelming favorite to be the 13th overall pick.

To mix things up a bit, this week's poll takes specific players out of the equation and asks one simple question: What will the Detroit Lions do with the 13th overall pick? The options include drafting a certain position, using it to trade up and using it to trade down. You can vote in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments, and remember, this is what you think the Lions will do, not what they should do. (My thoughts are after the jump.)

My personal opinion on this is that they will trade down (and ultimately select a defensive player). I don't think Amukamara will be available when the Lions go on the clock, and even if he is I'm not totally convinced Detroit will pick him.

Martin Mayhew mentioned in his press conference last week that we should expect a lot of movement. Specifically, this quote stood out to me:

"If you go back to 2009 I think we started off with eight (selections) and ended up with 10. Last year we started off, I think, with eight, ended up with six. We have six now. I don't know if we'll end up with more or less than that, but I think it's a safe bet that we probably won't have the same six when it's all said and done."

There is a lot of talent bound to be available in the latter half of the first round, and I think Detroit will move down and still get a player high up on its board. Moving down would give them an extra pick or two, which could help them move up in another round or at the very least draft more talent. I will admit that it'd be tough to move down if someone like Amukamara is there, but if the right trade scenario presents itself, I would be surprised if Mayhew didn't work some magic and move the Lions around during the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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