Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) before the game against the Missouri Tigers in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT

Mel Kiper's 2014 Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Select Justin Gilbert

Sharpen your pencils and get your erasers ready!  Mel Kiper is at it again releasing the first of several 2014 Mock Drafts.

The Detroit Lions will be selecting #10 in the 2014 NFL draft and have needs in the defensive secondary and wide  receiver.

In his 2014 Mock Draft 1.0, Mel Kiper believes the Detroit Lions will address the secondary by selecting cornerback Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State.  Here is what Kiper had to say about the Lions projected pick.

With continued improvement from Ezekiel Ansah to go with the dominance of the interior of that defensive line, the Lions could create a ton of pressure on opposing QBs next season. The problem is if they can’t do a better job of covering, it might not make a difference. Gilbert would help the cause coming off a season where you could argue that no cornerback in college football performed better. He has the size to compete with bigger wide receivers and the agility and speed to run with anybody. He also brings strong return skills.

Gilbert is listed at 6 foot and 200 lbs.

Depending on who the new defensive coordinator will be, The Detroit Lions may have another need come draft time.  Teryl Austin is thought to be the top candidate for the Defensive Coordinator position. If the Lions do hire Austin they may find themselves converting from 4-3 to 3-4.  The switch could open up a need at linebacker.

According to Kiper’s 2014 Mock Draft 1.0, linebackers Anthony Barr and Khali Mack will be selected ahead of the Lions at #7 and #8 respectively. The next best linebacker, C.J. Mosley, is being selected at #12 by the New York Giants.

In the FanSided Network 2014 Mock Draft, Detroit Jock City projects the Lions to pick Michigan State Spartan Darqueze Dennard at #10.

If you like Mock Drafts, stay tuned because there is plenty of draft speculation on tap. The NFL Draft will take place May 8-10 in New Your City, a few weeks later than in previous years.

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