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2017 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Mock Draft roundup 11.0

The final mock draft round up for the Detroit Lions

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DETROIT – The Detroit Lions are on the clock.

The team has a late-round draft pick in 2017, sitting at No. 21 overall, right after the Denver Broncos, and before the Miami Dolphins.

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The team has many needs, including offensive line, secondary, and linebackers.

Here's who the experts are picking for the Detroit Lions, and what they're saying:

Bleacher Report: Takkarist McKinley, Edge-Rusher, UCLA:  Remember when the Lions had the best defensive line in the NFL? That was yesteryear. Last year, rotation player Kerry Hyder led the team with eight sacks, and no one else had more than 4.5. Ziggy Ansah remains effective when healthy, but opponents had all day to throw when Devin Taylor and Wallace Gilberry were the bookend pass-rushers.

ROTOWORLD: Hasson Reddick, DL, Temple: In the olden days – as in, five years ago – Reddick would have been labeled an overrated “tweener” who lacks a defined NFL position and is therefore too difficult for a confident NFL projection. As the league is now more pass oriented and open to scheme and position versatility, Reddick fits far better in today’s game than he would have back then. Reddick played tailback and safety in high school, enrolled at Temple as a walk-on cornerback, developed into one of college football’s premier edge rushers, and played middle linebacker at January’s Senior Bowl. The Lions need help in the defensive front seven.

NFL.com: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: Questions about Foster's maturity and shoulder could cause the Alabama linebacker to drop down boards. Detroit should be willing to take a chance on his talent at this spot.

NFL.com: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida: Detroit gets their linebacker, who is an old-school, instinctive player who tries to separate the ball from the carrier every play.

NFL.com: Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri: A bookend for Ziggy Ansah.

CBS Sports: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida: The Lions need help at linebacker more than at any other position, and they should be well positioned to grab a top talent if the top 20 shakes out close to what's projected. Davis has the ability to slot in at any of the three starting spots for Detroit. He should be the perfect long-term starter for the weak side after DeAndre Levy's Lions career ended with a whimper.

CBS Sports: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan:  I actually think he's the best of the first-round receivers, and he would be a nice addition for Matt Stafford and the passing game.

Walter Football: T.J. Watt, DE/OLB, Wisconsin: T.J. Watt is reportedly rising up boards, and he is the sort of prospect Bob Quinn has drafted thus far. The Lions need help all over their defense, including at defensive end. A dynamic pass-rusher is needed across from Ziggy Ansah, who, by the way, will be an impending free agent after this year.

FOX Sports: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Star Tribune: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: Could be a top-10 pick. If he slides this far, the Lions fill a need with a potentially elite player.


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