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2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The Detroit Lions Trade Up To Select...

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.
Grade: A
Value: +3

Draft Overview:

# 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
13 Arizona Dan Wolford
14 Dallas Joshua Foster
15 Philadelphia Travis Parker
16 New York Jets Kenneth Taylor
17 Cincinnati (from Oakland) Jason Garrison
18 San Diego Anthony Knox
19 Chicago Steve Whited
20 Tennessee Jeff Welch
21 Cincinnati Jason Garrison
22 Cleveland (from Atlanta) Jason Garrison
23 Seattle (projected trade) Jared Egner
24 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison
25 Denver Jared Morgan
26 Houston Brett Kollman
27 New England (from New Orleans) Anthony Knox
28 Green Bay Travis Castleman
29 Baltimore Jason Garrison
30 San Francisco Chris Brown
31 New England Anthony Knox
32 New York Giants Matt Leitner