SB Nation's latest 2015 NFL mock draft gives each team a few different options to choose from in the first round. In essence, this allows us to see what a team's backup options might be if their actual projected pick isn't available.
For the Detroit Lions, they are projected to take Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown with the 23rd overall pick. Selecting Brown would give the Lions another starting-caliber player at defensive tackle to go along with Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, and suddenly the depth would actually be pretty solid at this position.
The alternate options for the Lions are Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings. Gurley could very well be the most talented player available, although the fact that he is coming off a torn ACL could drop him down the board a bit. As for Clemmings, he appears to be the top offensive tackle available, and he could make an even bigger impact as a rookie.
If this type of situation presents itself in real life and the Lions get to choose from Brown, Gurley and Clemmings, who should they take? I personally think addressing the offensive line is the best idea. The Lions should be able to address the defensive tackle position on the second day of the draft, and the idea of a running back in the first round just isn't appealing to me. This is a pretty deep class at both defensive tackle and running back, and I just think the best value in the first round would come in the form of a guy like Clemmings.
What do you think?