Bunting and McShay have Lions selecting a guard in latest mock drafts

Posted by ttwentyman on February 6, 2012 – 3:58 pm

National Football Post draft analyst Wes Bunting and ESPN’s Todd McShay have both released their second NFL mock draft’s and each has the Lions selecting Georgia guard Cordy Glenn with the 23rd pick in April’s NFL Draft.

“The Lions need to improve both their tackle and guard spots on the offensive line and Glenn has the talent to play either spot,” Bunting wrote.

“He’s a gifted athlete for his size with natural movement skills and if he can ever put it all together he has the skill set to play at a high level in the NFL.

McShay on Glenn:

“There is no cornerback or linebacker available who is worth this pick, so it might be an opportunity for the Lions to trade back with at team looking to trade up and get a quarterback like Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M) or Brock Osweiler (Arizona State),” McShay wrote.

“If not, Glenn is a solid pick. He has the size and power to thrive at guard in the NFL and could develop into a solid right tackle at some point. He held up well against top pass-rushers at the Senior Bowl but is still a work in progress at that position.”

The Lions have three players (T Jeff Backus, C Dominic Raiola and G Stephen Peterman) who are 30 and older and general manager Martin Mayhew said after the season it’s an issue the team needs to address.

Bunting and McShay feel the same way, apparently.

Mock drafts can’t be taken too seriously before the combine, individual workouts and interviews have even been conducted, but they get fans talking, and that’s fun.

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9 Responses to “Bunting and McShay have Lions selecting a guard in latest mock drafts”

  1. By Kevin Kbakil on Feb 7, 2012 | Reply

    Offensive line just got good. Challenge the veterans to come back with a new sense of urgency. Trade this pick for more picks or defense. We must improve that back 7. The O-line gave up very few sacks, and those positions take knowledge of defensive lines and technique. A rookie would struggle and become a liability. This Lions team is young enough. We need veteran vocal leaders on the defense in the secondary to move to the next step.

  2. By Mike Horton on Feb 7, 2012 | Reply

    @ Kevin; well spoken. We got exposed in the last two games of the yr, against Green Bay, and NO. Move Spivey back to corner, and take the best corner or OLB that’s @ the 23rd spot. Trading the pick is not bad either. our needs are Corner, safety, olb, and o lineman. Move Delmas to fs, and get a big run stopper/field cover safety. Mark Barron from the school of Saben will do us good. that linebacker from ASU is also nice. For security get another DE, and RB in the later rounds.

  3. By Cory Kraker on Feb 9, 2012 | Reply

    It’s early, but it all depends who’s available when they pick. LB/DB are definitely spots that fit the “need” definition. However, if there’s no one they feel is worth that slot at those positions, they could do worse than picking up a good O-line prospect. There’s no rule that says he’d have to start his rookie year, so if the older guys are protecting Stafford just fine let the kid sit and learn and be ready for when they start to break down. Detroit’s mostly out of rebuilding mode, but why not start laying plans for the future if you think you can remain competitive while doing so?

  4. By Score1 on Feb 9, 2012 | Reply

    Its nice to finally have a little confidence in the front Office and Coaching Staff that they will make the right decisions. That hasn’t been part of my vernacular since I was a tot. There are only a few free agengts that will make impact on this team, and that tied with draft prospects allows us to bang out one good free agent, draft a couple of lineman prospects, and resign Avril. Adding a safety or cornerback that can allow us to move our backs down one postion would be huge. I’m excited to see what they conjure up!

  5. By Bull Run on Feb 9, 2012 | Reply

    Lions have too many banged-uo RB, and one or 2 that are not quite good enough. Either trade them, or give them up for draft picks. Lions need help at back 7 on defense and some help on the offensive line.

  6. By Leslie Hoerwinkle on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions do need to develop a couple of young O-Linemen, but their luck in drafting them high in the draft has not been very good. Hopefully, Mayhew and Co. will do better than past regimes. While the Lions do well with pass blocking, their run blocking has been suspect.

  7. By Bob Glatter on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think Nick Fairly will be a pleasant surprise playing next to Suh. He will have gone thru training camp and the 4 pre-season games to toughen him up (as if he needs that!). Pass rush will be very much better this year. Resign Avril and alternate Vanden Bosch with Young or Jackson and the D line will be awesome. This will improve the dbacks too. If Cortland Finnegan is available at a reasonable price, sign him!! Find out if Jason Fox can play or not. He’s spent 2 years on the DL and still made big bucks. Time to earn your keep. Jeff Bachus can’t stop speed rushing ends. Jared Allen and Julius Peppers eat him up for 4 games every year. Replace him but keep Raiola for now. If Best clears his physical, the running game will produce 120-150 yards/game.
    A Super Bowl appearance soon is in the cards!

  8. By Soulman45 on Feb 14, 2012 | Reply

    Money is going to be a problem plus their is no tackle on the market that can come in and start and the players on the roster can’t take the job it a problem that have to be solve..

  9. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait for this season!!! Super Bowl here we come! GO LIONS!!!

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