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Rick Gosselin's second NFL mock draft

01:01 PM CDT on Friday, April 17, 2009

The Detroit Lions have the worst defense in the NFL – one of the worst defenses ever, in fact.

The Lions gave up 517 points last season, second most in NFL history. Only the 1981 Baltimore Colts allowed more (533). Detroit has given up more points than it has scored in each of its last 17 games.

They say defense wins championships. It also wins games. When the Lions start playing competitively on defense, they can start winning games again.

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Hiring Jim Schwartz as their new head coach in 2009 was a start. He coordinated defenses at Tennessee the last two seasons that ranked in the NFL's top seven. But the Lions need more than a new scheme. They need new players.

The Lions ranked last in the NFL in both defense and run defense in 2009. Linebacker Aaron Curry of Wake Forest is the best defensive player on the draft board. He can plug in at middle linebacker for the Lions between Julian Peterson and Ernie Sims.

So give Curry to the Lions in the second mock draft offering from The Dallas Morning News. The first one last Sunday was based on best available player. This one places a greater emphasis on team need. Here's the mock:

1. Detroit Lions:

Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

The first linebacker selected first overall since 1988

2. St. Louis Rams:

Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

The Rams aren't sold on Marc Bulger

3. Kansas City Chiefs:

Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

Best player available at any position upgrades the Chiefs

4. Seattle Seahawks:

Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California

Matt Hasselbeck turns 34 in September

5. Cleveland Browns:

Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

The Browns may trade Braylon Edwards before the draft

6. Cincinnati Bengals:

Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

The Bengals need to protect QB Carson Palmer better

7. Oakland Raiders:

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Al Davis sees Tim Brown all over again

8. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

Forget his weight – Smith is the best blocker in this draft

9. Green Bay Packers:

Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

Both starting cornerbacks are in their 30s

10. San Francisco 49ers:

Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

Could be the Ben Roethlisberger of this draft

11. Buffalo Bills:

Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

NFL's 22nd ranked run defense becomes more stout

12. Denver Broncos:

B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Broncos need to get bigger, better in defensive front seven

13. Washington Redskins:

Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

Redskins hope Maybin can give them what Jason Taylor didn't

14. New Orleans Saints:

Beanie Wells, HB, Ohio State

Saints envision Beanie as their new Deuce McAllister

15. Houston Texans:

Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

Texans need help for Mario Williams up front

16. San Diego Chargers:

Knowshown Moreno, HB, Georgia

LaDainian Tomlinson older, Darren Sproles headed toward free agency in 2010

17. New York Jets:

Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

With WR Laveranues Coles gone, Jets need big plays on flank

18. Denver Broncos:

Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

Broncos need to get bigger, better in defensive front seven

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Brian Cushing, OLB, Southern California

Both starting outside linebackers gone from 2008

20. Detroit Lions:

Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

Both starting defensive tackles gone from 2008 gone

21. Philadelphia Eagles:

Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi

Andy Reid loves offensive and defensive linemen

22. Minnesota Vikings:

Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

Better receiver play means better quarterback play

23. New England Patriots:

Rey Maualuga, MLB, Southern California

Maualuga and Jerod Mayo would forge a dynamic middle

24. Atlanta Falcons:

Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

The NFL's 21st ranked pass defense needs his cover skills

25. Miami Dolphins:

Clay Matthews, OLB, Southern California

Bill Parcells loves stocking the defensive front seven

26. Baltimore Ravens:

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Ravens always draft the best value on the board

27. Indianapolis Colts:

Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri

GM Polian is tired of playing with free agents at DT

28. Philadelphia Eagles:

Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

Eagles need nickel corner to replace Lito Sheppard

29. New York Giants:

Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

Giants need a size receiver to replace Plaxico Burress

30. Tennessee Titans:

James Laurinaitis, MLB, Ohio State

Quality linebackers will go fast in this draft

31. Arizona Cardinals:

Donald Brown, HB, Connecticut

The heir apparent to Edgerrin James

32. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Eric Wood, C, Louisville

Wood can play inside at center or guard

51. Dallas Cowboys:

Patrick Chung, S, Oregon

Wide receiver a need but safety a pressing need

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Ugh what an awful mock.

Stafford's agents have been rumored to be negotiating with the Lion front office on a contract. Also the Rams just signed Bulger to a huge contract...so don't look for them going for Stafford either.

Also if we draft Davis I'll scream.

Would you rather have Davis or MJ

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I think this mock is good for what its purpose is. Its not a mock saying who the teams will pick its just saying if the teams would go by need alone and ignore everything else they would pick these players.

Based on need alone, I still don't think we'd take Davis. With a returning Von Hutchins, a rising Chevis Jackson and a serviceable Brent Grimes, it would be impossible to say CB is out biggest need.

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Based on need alone, I still don't think we'd take Davis. With a returning Von Hutchins, a rising Chevis Jackson and a serviceable Brent Grimes, it would be impossible to say CB is out biggest need.

I think because we're fans we see the potential and ability in Hutchins and Grimes but not many people who don't follow the team closely even know who they are so I could see how he would say we pick Davis by going off of last years defensive stats alone.

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I think because we're fans we see the potential and ability in Hutchins and Grimes but not many people who don't follow the team closely even know who they are so I could see how he would say we pick Davis by going off of last years defensive stats alone.

I agree, but Jidady makes it seem like Goslieen know some inside connects, so he should know better than putting DAvis on our team.

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This is a bad mock. Gosselin has been the most accurate mocker over the past few years. I wouldn't sweat it. His final mock will look plenty different.

Gosselin probably has a competitive thing going on with other net mockers. I am sure that he has floated this mock to throw people off. Be sure to check his final mock next Friday.

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I agree, but Jidady makes it seem like Goslieen know some inside connects, so he should know better than putting DAvis on our team.

Usually Gosselin's first couple of mock drafts are pretty bad but in the end he is one of the best in the biz. Gosselin depends on his sources to provide him information at the very last minute and he comes up with a pretty accurate final mock draft and draft board. Just wait 'til his last mock and draft board which should be due next Friday.

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Rick Gosselin's second NFL mock draft

01:01 PM CDT on Friday, April 17, 2009

The Detroit Lions have the worst defense in the NFL – one of the worst defenses ever, in fact.

The Lions gave up 517 points last season, second most in NFL history. Only the 1981 Baltimore Colts allowed more (533). Detroit has given up more points than it has scored in each of its last 17 games.

Ok, maybe I'm missing something here but wouldn't it have been easier to say "Detroit has lost their last 17 games." I understand that he is trying to highlight the defense but this just sounds weird.

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