The Lions, lying in wait for the new year....
You may have missed it Thursday night -- if you were in the northeast, it was gorgeous outside -- but ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay live mock drafted the first three rounds of next week's NFL draft.
What transpired was an interesting situation for the Lions. Kiper and McShay were not allowed to make trades, so Detroit was stuck at No. 10 without being able to try and move up to grab either Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack or Jadeveon Clowney and couldn't trade out of their spot if they weren't enamored with what they saw when they picked.
What ended up happening was Kiper selected LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 10 for Detroit -- instead of Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald or either one of the top cornerbacks on the board, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert or Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard.
Here's that full three round mock.
As mentioned last night on Twitter, with what would have been available in all of those slots, I would have drafted much differently. I would have taken Donald at No. 10 without a doubt if I was not able to trade out of the selection.
Using a five-pick rule -- meaning I couldn't take someone within five picks of who the Lions selected -- in the second and third round, I would have then selected Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant in the second round and Minnesota safety Brock Vereen in the third round.
The point, obviously, is that Detroit can do just about anything when the draft starts Thursday other than take a quarterback or running back in the first round.
And now, on to Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Ndamukong Suh's talent is too much to give up, writes Shawn Windsor in the Detroit Free Press.
This draft is pivotal for Martin Mayhew, writes Josh Katzenstein in the Detroit News.