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Post free agency NFL mock draft database: Offensive tackle a popular choice for Lions

The Lions' acquisition of several defensive tackles in free agency has changed mockers' tune for Detroit in the NFL Draft.

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Now that two weeks of free agency have passed, the Detroit Lions' 2016 roster is starting to come together. And with a better understanding of where their needs will be coming into the NFL Draft, we're starting to see a shift among selections in mock drafts. Last time we checked in, Lions picks were dominated by defensive tackles. However, this new batch of mock drafts detail a very different outlook for Detroit. Take a look:

Site Name Date Round 1 (Pick No. 16) Round 2 (Pick No. 46)
Pride Of Detroit Chris Lemieux 1/26 DT Andrew Billings (Baylor)
SB Nation Dan Kadar 3/21 WR Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi)
CBS Sports Dane Brugler 3/14 OT Jack Conklin (MSU)
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 3/13 WR Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi)
CBS Sports Rob Rang 3/14 DE Shaq Lawson (Clemson)
Draft Breakdown Chris Nicolaou 3/1 WR Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi)
Draft Breakdown Joe Marino 3/7 DT Jarran Reed (Alabama)
Draft Countdown Nicholas McGee 3/11 OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
Draft King Lou Pickney 3/17 OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
Draft Tek Computer simulation 3/20 OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) S Jeremy Cash (Duke)
ESPN Mel Kiper 3/8 DT A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama)
ESPN Todd McShay 3/2 OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
Football's Future Robert Davis 3/9 CB Eli Apple (Ohio State)
NFL Draft Days Frank Williams 2/24 DE Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)
NFL Draft Days James Lee
2/29 DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville Bucky Brooks 3/16 OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State) Chad Reuter 3/11 WR Laquan Treadwell (Mississippi) Daniel Jeremiah 3/14 DE Kevin Dodd (Clemson) Lance Zierlein 3/4 OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
Rotoworld Josh Norris 3/16 OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
SideLion Report Kent Platte 3/3 LB Darron Lee (Ohio State) DE Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State)
Sports Illustrated Chris Burke 3/16 OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 3/14 DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) WR Josh Doctson (TCU)
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 3/16 DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)

Positions (first round)

  • Offensive tackle - 9 (up 4)
  • Defensive tackle - 6 (down 4)
  • Defensive end - 3 (down 1)
  • Wide receiver - 4 (up 1)
  • Linebacker - 1 (down 2)
  • Cornerback - 1 (up 1)
Mock drafts have shifted the Lions' focus from defense to offense. Likely because of the re-signings of Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, analysts don't see defensive tackle as much of a pressing need. And seeing as the Lions lost out on the Russell Okung contract giveaway, offensive tackle seems like a probable target for Detroit. Interestingly enough, the Reggie Ragland hype machine seems to have died, as none of the above mocks have him landing in Detroit anymore.

Player (first round)

  • OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State) - 5 (up 4)
  • WR Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi) - 4 (up 2)
  • OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State) - 3 (no change)
  • DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) - 3 (up 2)
  • DT A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama) - 1 (down 2)
  • DT Jarran Reed (Alabama) - 1 (down 1)
  • DE Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss) - 1 (down 1)
  • DE Shaq Lawson (Clemson) - 1 (down 1)
  • DT Andrew Billings (Baylor) - 1 (down 3)
  • OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) - 1 (no change)
  • CB Eli Apple (Ohio State) - 1 (up 1)
  • DE Kevin Dodd (Clemson) - 1 (up 1)
  • LB Darron Lee (Ohio State) - 1 (up 1)

All aboard the local Jack Conklin hype train. Out of nowhere, Conklin has shot up draft boards and landed in Detroit in over one-fifth of the above mock drafts. He has dethroned Taylor Decker, who still found his way onto three other mock drafts. Among defensive tackles, A'Shawn Robinson is the new hot name, after Andrew Billings dominated last month's mocks. Laquon Treadwell remains the most popular receiver choice for the Lions, while a couple of new names have emerged toward the bottom of the list.

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