The Lions, lying in wait for the new year...
We're a little over a week away from the first round of the NFL draft now, so let's take a quick look at who the latest mock drafts have the Detroit Lions taking.
Our analysts, as covered earlier this week, have split their opinions between LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. With the Lions sitting at No. 10 and a lot of uncertainty about some of the picks ahead of them -- or if Detroit will even stay in its current spot -- there isn't much of a consensus on who the Lions might take.
Or even the position they'll look at.
CBS has five different people doing mock drafts -- and the Lions with three different players at three different positions in Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who would be my personal selection if the board fell the right way.
Walter Football has the Lions going with Ebron at No. 10. SI.com goes in the defensive backfield and has the Lions taking another Fuller -- this time Kyle Fuller from Virginia Tech. The guys from Ourlads scouting have the Lions going with Gilbert, who was the player most often pegged to the team at the start of all of this three-plus months ago.
NFL.com has four people doing mock drafts and the Lions with four different players at four different positions, including Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. While I believe the Lions should take Donald, I've also felt if Sammy Watkins (obviously) and Evans were off the board, they would likely go with Clinton-Dix.
One thing among this uncertainty is positively certain -- this shows Detroit can do just about anything one week from now.
Oh, and if you're really into this, ESPN2 has a mock draft show at 8 ET tonight.
And now, a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs:
A look at the Lions wide receiver cap situation since 2010 and a wide receiver preview for the Lions entering the NFL draft. Watkins senses a team trading up for him next week. This week's NFL Nation Buzz.
Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press also looks at receivers entering the draft.
Todd McShay thinks the safety crop isn't deep this year, writes Josh Katzenstein in the Detroit News. (My opinion here: All the more reason for Detroit to take Clinton-Dix.)
Kyle Meinke from MLive writes about the depth of this year's draft class and if that means trading up (and losing picks) is smart. (My opinion here: I've said this for months -- the Lions shouldn't lose picks unless it is to grab Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack. Not for a wide receiver. Too deep of a draft there for that and other than those three players, no one is worth it.)