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2011 NFL Mock Draft: The Detroit Lions Select...

The 2011 Arrowhead Pride Mock Draft continues with Matt Hays choosing for the Detroit Lions at No 13...

The Detroit Lions come into the 2011 draft desperately needing to upgrade primarily at three positions; offensive line, linebacker, and cornerback. Ideally the pick for the Lions would be Prince Amukamara or Patrick Peterson, but Detroit seemingly played their way out of that option by winning their final four games last season to end the year at 6-10. Von Miller is another player who would immensely help makeover an improving front seven defense, but he is already off the board as well.

Detroit's defense was in the bottom third of nearly every defensive category during the 2010 NFL season, primarily because of how brutal the secondary was, outside of Louis Delmas. With Amukamara and Peterson off the board, the Lions would next look at Jimmy Smith of Colorado or Brandon Harris from Miami, but both seem to be stretches at #13 overall.

So we turn the attention to linebacker, and though Akeem Ayers looks like a stud coming out of UCLA, again it doesn't seem like the right value pick for the Lions. Also there are plenty of linebackers who should be available in the second or third round.

With the 13th pick you may actually see the Lions either try to trade up and take one of the two stud defensive backs, or they may possibly try to trade down out of the pick, especially is Julio Jones is still on the board (again in this case he is not). The Lions only have five total picks in this NFL draft, the fewest of any team, so they will certainly want to get value out of the picks they have and trading down is one way of doing so.

All that being accounted for, with the 13th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select:

Offensive lineman Anthony Castanzo from Boston College

The Lions actually may value Tyron Smith more, but they go for the next best lineman available. The 6'7" 311 lb senior immediately helps the offensive line provide protection for Matthew Stafford, which is something Detroit sorely needs. Last season Detroit played roughly 65% of their offense out of the shotgun, not necessarily by design, but to protect the quarterback(s). Jeff Backus is currently the starting LT for Detroit, and at 34 years old he won't be around too much longer. Between Castanzo and second year player Jason Fox, the Lions certainly hope they have found their tackles for the future.

Full Schedule And Results:

1. Carolina Panthers (ChiefsFan90s) - Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert

2. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers

3. Buffalo Bills (Arrowdread) - Auburn QB Cam Newton

4. Cincinnati Bengals (Dirty South Chiefs Fan) - Georgia WR A.J. Green

5. Arizona Cardinals (tmurawsk) - Texas A&M OLB Von Miller

6. Cleveland Browns (H2E) - Auburn DT Nick Fairley

7. San Francisco 49ers (Another Successful Tedford QB) - LSU CB Patrick Peterson

8. Tennessee Titans (ejr58) - Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara

9. Dallas Cowboys (IamtheGreatest) - Alabama DL Marcell Dareus

10. Washington Redskins (nmchief) - Alabama WR Julio Jones

11. Houston Texans (FalconMF27) - Missouri DE Aldon Smith

12. Minnesota Vikings (Raven Hawk) - USC OT Tyron Smith

13. Detroit Lions (Matt Hays) - Boston College OT Anthony Castanzo

14. St. Louis Rams (Sam D) - Tuesday March 29th

15. Miami Dolphins (YerganFlurgan) - Tuesday March 29th

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (GenericBrand) - Wednesday March 30th

17. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Wednesday March 30th

18. San Diego Chargers (Chiefscafan58) - Wednesday March 30th

19. New York Giants (flowers 24) - Wednesday March 30th

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PSUkegreen) - Thursday March 31st

21. Kansas City Chiefs (Matt_Grbac) - Thursday March 31st

22. Indianapolis Colts (saskwatch) - Thursday March 31st

23. Philadelphia Eagles (OnlyKCFanNVA) - Friday April 1st

24. New Orleans Saints (The Other Patrick Allen) - Friday April 1st

25. Seattle Seahawks (Simon from KC) - Friday April 1st

26. Baltimore Ravens (Ben S) - Monday April 4th

27. Atlanta Falcons (stagdsp) - Monday April 4th

28. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Monday April 4th

29. Chicago Bears (KillaCity107) - Tuesday April 5th

30. New York Jets (bradelli58) - Tuesday April 5th

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (scottchief) - Tuesday April 5th

32. Green Bay Packers (Aesthetist) - Wednesday April 6th

Round Two

33. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Wednesday April 6th

34. Buffalo Bills (Arrowdread) - Wednesday April 6th

35. Cincinnati Bengals (Dirty South Chiefs Fan) - Thursday April 7th

36. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Thursday April 7th

37. Cleveland Browns (H2E) - Thursday April 7th

38. Arizona Cardinals (tmurawsk) - Friday April 8th

39.Tennessee Titans (ejr58) - Friday April 8th

40. Dallas Cowboys (Royals Time) - Friday April 8th

41. Washington Redskins (nmchief) - Monday April 11th

42. Houston Texans (FalconMF27) - Monday April 11th

43. Minnesota Vikings (Raven Hawk) - Monday April 11th

44. Detroit Lions (Matt Hays) - Tuesday April 12th

45. San Francisco 49ers (Another Successful Tedford QB) - Tuesday April 12th

46. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Tuesday April 12th

47. St. Louis Rams (Sam D) - Wednesday April 13th

48. Oakland Raiders (mushin) - Wednesday April 13th

49. Jacksonville Jaguars (GenericBrand) - Wednesday April 13th

50. San Diego Chargers (Chiefsfaninca58) - Thursday April 14th

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PSUkegreen) - Thursday April 14th

52. New York Giants (flowers 24) - Thursday April 14th

53. Kansas City Chiefs (Matt_Grbac) - Friday April 15th

54. Indianapolis Colts (saskwatch) - Friday April 15th

55. Philadelphia Eagles (OnlyKCFanNVA) - Friday April 15th

56. New Orleans Saints (The Other Patrick Allen) - Monday April 18th

57. Seattle Seahawks (Simon from KC) - Monday April 18th

58. Baltimore Ravens (Ben S) - Monday April 18th

59. Atlanta Falcons (stagdsp) - Tuesday April 19th

60. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Tuesday April 19th

61. Chicago Bears (KillaCity107) - Tuesday April 19th

62. New York Jets (bradelli58) - Wednesday April 20th

63. Pittsburgh Steelers (scottchief) - Wednesday April 20th

64. Green Bay Packers (Aesthetist) - Wednesday April 20th