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Mel Kiper's Latest Mock Draft Has Lions Taking Jonathan Martin, Trumaine Johnson

Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin of Stanford participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin of Stanford participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine.

ESPN's Mel Kiper released his latest 2012 NFL mock draft on Wednesday. In it, he has the Lions addressing two of their biggest needs -- offensive tackle and cornerback -- in the first two rounds.

Kiper's first-round pick for the Lions is Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. A couple months ago, it seemed unlikely that Martin would be available at No. 23, but there's an increasing sentiment that he could still be on the board. If he is, Kiper thinks it would be a good move for the Lions to go with the former Stanford Cardinal.

The Lions can't go wrong with either the best corner or tackle option here. In this scenario, Martin fits what they'll be looking for to bring the O-line up to par. An athletic tackle, he should develop into a great pass protector for Matthew Stafford. Jeff Backus has played forever, the Lions have enough pieces elsewhere and must target the line.

In the second round, Kiper has the Lions going with Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Kiper describes Johnson as "one of the more underrated players in the draft" and thinks he could fill the Lions' "huge need" for help in the secondary.

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