Just like last week, I recently returned to Fanspeak to do a seven-round 2014 NFL mock draft for the Detroit Lions. For the first seven-round mock draft, I ran the simulator and let it automatically generate the Lions' picks. Here's who the simulator selected for the Lions:
Round 1: S Calvin Pryor (Louisville)
Round 2: WR Allen Robinson (Penn State)
Round 3: DE Trevor Reilly (Utah)
Round 4: WR Robert Herron (Wyoming)
Round 6: OLB Prince Shembo (Notre Dame)
Round 7: DT Jay Bromley (Syracuse)
By addressing safety in the first round, the Lions were able to wait and bring in a couple wide receivers later in the draft. For the other few picks, the simulator went defense, giving the Lions help at defensive end, outside linebacker and defensive tackle.
After seeing the simulator's take on the Lions, I went through and made the picks myself for another seven-round mock draft. Here's what I ended up doing for Detroit:
Round 1: OLB Khalil Mack (Buffalo)
Round 2: WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)
Round 3: TE Troy Niklas (Notre Dame)
Round 4: CB Pierre Desir (Lindenwood)
Round 6: S Kenny Ladler (Vanderbilt)
Round 7: DE Cassius Marsh (UCLA)
I was thrilled to see Mack fall to the 10th overall pick, and I was just as thrilled to see Benjamin available in the second round and Niklas available in the third round. After getting one of the top players in the entire draft in the first round and giving Matthew Stafford some new toys in the second and third rounds, I went defense the rest of the way by adding some help in the secondary and at defensive end.
Which mock draft would you rather see become reality for the Lions in May?