With the 12th pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, The_Black_Stripes selected for the Lions, decided to trade up from No. 23 to No. 12, trading their No. 23 pick, their second-round pick and special teamer Ashlee Palmer to the Seahawks.
With the No. 12 pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select....
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Coming off a play-off season in 2011, the Lions hope to advance much further in the playoffs in 2012 and beyond. To do so, they must match the cornerstones they have on offense (5,000 yard passer - QB Matthew Stafford, and All-Pro wideout Calvin Johnson) with some cornerstones on defense, particularly in the defensive secondary.Already buoyed by a stout defensive line featuring the likes of Suh, Vanden Bosch, Fairley, Corey Williams, and Cliff Avril, and the key re-signing of MLB Stephen Tulloch, the Lions desperately need to address their porous secondary, as this was the weakest part of their team last season. Enter South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore.
Gilmore, whose meteoric rise up the draft board has firmly planted him as the draft's second best cover corner, gives the Lions an instant playmaker in their secondary. With over 30 career starts in the SEC, Gilmore is equally tough against the pass and run, even showing a willingness to sacrifice his body to lay a big hit.
A big (6'0"+) and physical corner, Gilmore combines ideal size, long arms, and excellent ball skills to provide the Lions' defense with a (much needed) true #1 shut-down corner. He replaces the departed Eric Wright, and starts opposite CB Chris Houston from day one.
Stephon Gilmore Highlights:
Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:
The Lions move up to get the next best CB in the draft. Adding a CB with Gilmore's skills to an already potent Lions pass rush could produce huge results. I love the fit. Gilmore, while raw, has progressed rapidly and he's a top 10 player on my board.
|#||Team||Picked By||Name/Positon of Pick|
|1||Indianapolis||Alex Neyer||Andrew Luck QB|
|2||Washington||David Farrelly||Robert Griffin III QB|
|3||Minnesota||Palewook||Matt Kalil OT|
|4||Cleveland||Jason Garrison||Justin Blackmon WR|
|5||Tampa Bay||Andrew Bernius||Morris Claiborne CB|
|6||St. Louis||Jim0ijk||Quinton Coples DE|
|7||Jacksonville||AK513||Melvin Ingram DE
|8||Miami||Dan Lockhart||Trent Richardson RB
|9||Carolina||Jason Blanton||Luke Kuechly LB|
|10||Buffalo||Casey Penn||Michael Floyd WR|
|11||Kansas City||Kenneth Taylor||David DeCastro OG|
|12||Detroit (projected trade)||Andrew Perrotta||Stephon Gilmore CB|
|16||New York Jets||Kenneth Taylor|
|17||Cincinnati (from Oakland)||Jason Garrison|
|18||San Diego||Anthony Knox|
|22||Cleveland (from Atlanta)||Jason Garrison|
|23||Seattle (projected trade)||Jared Egner|
|27||New England (from New Orleans)||Anthony Knox|
|28||Green Bay||Travis Castleman|
|31||New England||Anthony Knox|
|32||New York Giants||Matt Leitner|