Detroit Lions 2011 Mock Draft: The Case for a DE at Pick 13

March 17, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Detroit Lions fans, take a look around the Internet for NFL content.
When you're not trying to avoid the latest bit of bad news regarding the lockout, I'm guessing you'll find a torrential downpour of mock drafts.
If you're anything like me, you generally only give close consideration to the top 13 picks before moving on. And that 13th pick is probably someone named Smith.
It might be Tyron Smith, the fast-rising offensive tackle out of USC, or it might be Jimmy Smith, the talented but troubled cornerback out of Colorado.
Now I wouldn't turn my nose up at either of those picks, as both have an opportunity to be great players in the NFL. But I reject the notion that those would be the two best picks for the Lions at pick 13.
Those picks are based on two different draft philosophies. Jimmy Smith is a reach who fills a big need, while Tyron Smith is a potentially good value at 13 who probably won't see any play time until 2012.
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