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2014 NFL mock draft database: Lions picks as of March 6

As we near free agency, what are 2014 NFL mock drafts predicting the Detroit Lions to do? Our mock draft database has the answer.

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The start of free agency is almost here, meaning draft talk will actually be pushed to the side for a week or two. Before that happens, let's take another look at what people are saying about the Detroit Lions by once again updating our 2014 NFL mock draft database. Check it out:

Site Name Date Round 1 (Pick No. 10) Round 2 (Pick No. 45) Round 3 (Pick No. 76)
SB Nation Dan Kadar 2/24 WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
SB Nation Matthew Fairburn 3/3 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) WR Allen Robinson (Penn State)
SB Nation Multiple people 2/17 CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State) WR Allen Robinson (Penn State)
CBS Sports Dane Brugler 3/4 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
CBS Sports Pat Kirwan 3/4 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 3/4 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
CBS Sports Rob Rang 3/4 CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)
CBS Sports Will Brinson 2/28 CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)
Detroit Lions Draft Darren Page 2/10 LB Khalil Mack (Buffalo) WR Allen Robinson (Penn State)
Detroit Lions Draft Jeff Risdon
3/3 TE Eric Ebron (North Carolina) CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) WR Donte Moncrief (Mississippi)
Draft Breakdown Jon Dove 2/28 LB C.J. Mosley (Alabama)
Draft King Lou Pickney 2/12 OT Greg Robinson (Auburn)
Draft Season Matt Falk 3/4 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
Draft Season Nik Edlund 2/28 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)
Draft Season Will Lomas 2/26 WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson) CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech)
Draft Season Multiple people
2/7 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) WR Allen Robinson (Penn State) DE Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State)
Draft Tek Multiple people 2/28 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama) TE Jace Amaro (Texas Tech) WR Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin)
ESPN Mel Kiper 2/6 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
ESPN Todd McShay 2/6 WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
FFToolbox Matt De Lima 2/12 LB C.J. Mosley (Alabama) DE Scott Crichton (Oregon State)
FFToolbox Ricky Dimon 3/3 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) LB Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech)
FFToolbox Rob Warner 2/12 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
Football Fan Spot Steven Lourie 2/4 WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson)
Football's Future Robert Davis 2/6 WR Marqise Lee (USC)
NE Patriots Draft Marc Sluis
3/5 CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State) WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)
NE Patriots Draft Mike Loyko
WR Marqise Lee (USC) Bucky Brooks 3/4 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) Charles Davis
2/27 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) Daniel Jeremiah 2/27 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) Matt Smith
3/5 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
Optimum Scouting Eric Galko 2/26 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama)
Rotoworld Evan Silva 3/1 TE Eric Ebron (North Carolina)
Rotoworld Josh Norris
2/17 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama)
Sports Illustrated Chris Burke 2/28 WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M) S Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)
Sports Illustrated Don Banks
2/19 CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)
Sports Illustrated Doug Farrar 2/6 CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)
USA Today Nate Davis 2/27 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 3/3 WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M) CB Marcus Roberson (Florida) DE Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State)
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 3/5 CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) S Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois) WR Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin)

Positions (first round)

  • Cornerback - 22
  • Wide receiver - 8
  • Linebacker - 3
  • Safety - 3
  • Tight end - 2
  • Offensive tackle - 1

It's seems the wide receiver bandwagon is emptying and the cornerback bandwagon is filling up. These two positions were nearly even in our last mock draft database, but given what happened at the combine, most people have decided that a cornerback in the first round is the Lions' best option. Part of that is based around Justin Gilbert's strong performance, and since wide receiver is viewed as such a deep position, a lot of people opted to wait until the second round to have the Lions address that need.

Players (first round)

  • CB Justin Gilbert - 16
  • CB Darqueze Dennard - 5
  • WR Mike Evans - 4
  • S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - 3
  • WR Sammy Watkins - 2
  • WR Marqise Lee - 2
  • TE Eric Ebron - 2
  • LB C.J. Mosley - 2
  • OT Greg Robinson - 1
  • LB Khalil Mack - 1
  • CB Bradley Roby - 1

Gilbert was the leader in our last mock draft database by a slim margin. That's not the case this time around. He is now the clear-cut leader with 41 percent of the mocks in our database sending him to the Lions at No. 10. By comparison, Darqueze Dennard came in second, and he only showed up as the Lions' pick in around 13 percent of the mocks in our database. As we head into free agency, Gilbert is the absolute favorite to be the Lions' first-round pick.

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