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2016 NFL mock draft database: Mockers projecting tackles to Detroit

A way too early look at who the Lions may be choosing in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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The Detroit Lions season just has three measly weeks left in it. Soon NFL Draft Season will be upon us, so why not get an early start?

There aren't a lot of mock drafts out in the webiverse yet, but the ones that are out there all seem to have the same idea for the Lions. Take a look:

Site Name Date Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Pride Of Detroit Alex Reno 11/12 OT Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) DT Jarran Reed (Alabama) DT/DE Anthony Zettel
Draft Tek Computer simulation 12/9 OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State) CB KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame) OT Brandon Shell (South Carolina)
ESPN Todd McShay 12/16 OT Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)

NFL Draft Geek NFL Bloggers 12/8 OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) CB KeiVarae Russel (Notre Dame)
NFL Draft Scout Dane Brugler 11/16 CB Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)

Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 12/17 OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) RB Derrick Henry (Alabama)

Positions (first round)

  • Offensive tackle - 5
  • Cornerback - 1
This season's mock draft is already starting to resemble last year's. Once again, the national conversation around the Lions revolves around the offensive line, specifically offensive tackle. However, the narrative seems more fitting this year, as the Lions truly do not have two starting offensive tackles on their roster right now. LaAdrian Waddle was the hopeful future at the right tackle position, but after a 2015 season full of disappointment, the Lions waived him earlier in the week.

Cornerback doesn't seem as pressing of a need, with the emergence of Darius Slay and even Quandre Diggs. Detroit may need a true No. 2 cornerback since it seems like Rashean Mathis' days are numbered, but Nevin Lawson has done an admirable job as a replacement.

Players (first round)

  • OT Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) - 2
  • OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) - 2
  • OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State) - 1
  • CB Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)
Draft analysts are split on who the Lions will be grabbing, but that mostly has to do with discrepancies on when the Lions will pick. Most draft experts have Tunsil as the first tackle off the board, so if the Lions are picking in the top five, he's a likely target. Stanley and Decker are projected to go a little later in the first round. The Lions draft position could still change drastically in the final three weeks of the season.

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