You already know what time it is. If you're a nerd like me, you've probably hit up every known mock draft simulation website to create your favorite NFL Draft scenario for the Detroit Lions. If you have not done so, try it out! It's fun, trust me. The good people over at Fanspeak (my personal favorite) have included various different big boards to choose from for their On The Clock simulation and they've even added projected compensatory picks.
If you're interested, upgrading to On The Clock Premium also allows you to customize your own big board and trade draft picks.
Fanspeak Board (Scenario 1)
Load up on DTs
16: R1P16 | DT Andrew Billings (Baylor)
Billings is increasingly becoming my favorite option for the Detroit Lions at No. 16 overall. He'll have just turned 21 years old as of March 6 and is the strongest defensive tackle I've seen since our old pal Ndamukong Suh. I love this kid's upside and while DT is deep this year, it's only deep toward the top, so if the Lions are smart, they shouldn't wait to snag one.
It looks as if the Lions are going to re-sign Tyrunn Walker as well. If that's the case, that gives the Lions three DTs that work best in the 3-technique and none (unless they re-sign Haloti Ngata) to fill the void as a 0- or 1-tech specialist. Billings is a guy that can fill that role perfectly and gives the Lions some much needed depth.
46: R2P15 | DT Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech)
Boom. Defensive tackle problem solved. This is pretty good value for a kid like Vernon Butler. He has some ugly film out there, but if you turn on his tape vs. Kansas State last year you'll see why draftniks are raving about him. This draft scenario is obviously assuming that the Lions do not re-sign Haloti Ngata.
96: R3P33 | S Justin Simmons (Boston College)
So Fanspeak's board actually had Simmons outside of their top 300, but there is no way in hell that he's going any later than the third or fourth round. I wouldn't even be surprised if he goes early Day 2 after lighting up the combine.
Whew. You can see my full report on Simmons here.
112: R4P13 | WR Leonte Carroo (Rutgers)
Carroo is a long shot for the Lions if he's on the wrong side of his domestic assault allegations. However, if his character checks out, I really like the idea of pairing him with Golden Tate. You won't see many dropped passes from that duo.
151: R5P12 | C Evan Boehm (Missouri)
Boehm's height and arm length are less than desirable for an NFL center, but this is a guy that set a school record for consecutive starts and brings a ton of leadership into the locker room. Boehm is a strong, phone-booth center that fits the Lions' power run game identity and can immediately challenge Travis Swanson for a starting role.
169: R5P30 | TE Jake McGee (Florida)
I have a feeling that Lions fans will like Jake McGee. For one, you don't need to spend a first-round pick to get him. But most importantly, he might have the best hands out of any TE in this class and could be a nice addition to replace Brandon Pettigrew as long as he can continue to develop as a blocker.
177: R5P38 | DE Matt Judon (Grand Valley State)
The pride of Grand Valley State! Judon posted some intriguing combine scores with a few being in the upper percentiles (40-yard dash, bench press, vert) and others being toward the bottom (broad jump, 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle). This small school product ended the year in spectacular fashion, leading all of college football with 20 sacks, as well as 81 tackles (23.5 for a loss) and three forced fumbles.
194: R6P16 | QB Brandon Allen (Arkansas)
If Dan Orlovsky's arm was as strong as his Twitter game, the LIons wouldn't have to make this pick. But alas, I am not as enamored by the Lions' QB depth as Bob Quinn claims to be. Adding a developmental QB in the later rounds is something that's been long overdue for this team.
205: R6P27 | CB Ken Crawley (Colorado)
Crawley opened some eyes during East-West Shrine practices and had some decent scores at the combine as well. I like his size (6-foot-0, 187 pounds) and competitive attitude for the Lions. Maybe Teryl Austin can work some voodoo and turn him into a nice backup.
234: R7P15 | OT Willie Beavers (Western Michigan)
This would be a hell of a steal if Beavers were to last this long. NFL Network's Mike Mayock has Beavers as his No. 5 offensive tackle in his latest rankings. That take is way too rich for me, but it's worth a mention. Keep doing you, Mayock.
CBS Sports Board (Scenario 2)
16: R1P16 | OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
Taylor Decker can play on either side of the line and brings some much needed versatility and tenacity to the Lions.
46: R2P15 | WR Josh Doctson (TCU)
Even if Calvin stays for another year, the Lions need to find an eventual replacement soon. No one will ever match CJ's combination of size and athleticism, but Josh Doctson comes the closest out of this year's crop of receivers. This kid has elite hops and is a lot of fun to watch. This could be a match made in heaven for Cooter and the Lions.
96: R3P33 | DT Maliek Collins (Nebraska)
Collins is an explosive athlete that wins with his quickness off the snap. If he's unable to win with his first effort, then he's often taken out of the play due to his lack of strength. Collins needs to add some counter-moves to his repertoire and beef up if he wants to be a three-down player in the NFL.
112: R4P13 | C Max Tuerk (USC)
Tuerk weighed in at a measly 298 pounds, which is a pretty big concern. He needs to hit the weight room to compensate for his lack of strength, but his elite athleticism is undeniable. He is a fluid mover and was constantly asked to pull in USC's scheme. Tuerk suffered a torn knee ligament back in October which will likely cause his stock to fall.
151: R5P12 | CB Rashard Robinson (LSU)
Rashard Robinson hasn't played football in a very long time (since 2013 to be exact), so there's that. Character concerns kept him off the field and if that weren't the case, he'd probably be considered a top-20 pick this year. Robinson has the size, athleticism and shutdown corner attitude that many scouts adore and will be a major steal if his attitude checks out.
169: R5P30 | DT Willie Henry (Michigan)
Henry is young, explosive and a plus-athlete that does his best work in the 3-technique. Are you happy, Michigan fans?
177: R5P38 | QB Jake Coker (Alabama)
Once again I'm taking a developmental QB late here. Coker stands tall at 6-foot-6 and tore my Spartans a new one during the National Championship game. I'll never get that image out of my head. Damn you, Bama.
194: R6P16 | TE Henry Krieger Coble (Iowa)
When you think of Iowa tight ends, you're talking about guys like C. J. Fiedorowicz, Scott Chandler and Dallas Clark. All products of a pro-style offense that puts an emphasis on blocking. Henry Krieger Coble is just another Iowa TE and may be the best blocking TE in this draft. He will fit the Brandon Pettigrew role perfectly.
205: R6P27 | S Trae Elston (Ole Miss)
Elston is a bit small for the safety position (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), but has some decent range to go along with his impressive closing speed and jaw dropping hits.
234: R7P15 | WR Mike Thomas (Southern Mississippi)
Steal of the century.
Computer Simulation (Scenario 3)
16: R1P16 | DT A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama)
46: R2P15 | WR Michael Thomas (Ohio State)
96: R3P33 | OLB Joshua Perry (Ohio State)
112: R4P13 | CB Kevon Seymour (USC)
151: R5P12 | WR Tajae Sharpe (UMass)
169: R5P30 | S Trent Matthews (Colorado State)
177: R5P38 | CB Fabian Moreau (UCLA)
194: R6P16 | RB Kenyan Drake (Alabama)
205: R6P27 | QB Jake Coker (Alabama)
234: R7P15 | OT Avery Young (Auburn)
What say you, Lions fans? Tell me which mock you liked the most and let's hear yours in the comments below.