Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Dodd, while a one-year wonder in terms of production (12 sacks, 24 TFL as a junior), did it in a manner that suggests he's legit. He has a plan as a pass rusher, and can string moves together, rather than just trying to beat the tackle to the spot and fly around the edge. It's good he has a polished approach like that, too, because his first step and overall explosiveness aren't elite. He's not slow at all, speed just isn't his game. His strength, technique, and hustle get him results in the passing game, and also make him a quality run defender.
Detroit's other glaring holes are offensive tackle and middle linebacker. Defensive end talent drops off pretty steeply after the top few players, and I don't really want to go for a Shilique Calhoun in the second round.
As a team, the Lions are essentially average, which is probably why they're picking in the middle of the pack. The starters are basically decent top to bottom, but they lack depth pretty much everywhere. Guard Larry Warford, end Ziggy Ansah, and linebacker Deandre Levy are their best players. You can make up your own mind on Matt Stafford.
My targets for the rest of the draft would be:
Rd2: Scooby Wright, MLB, Arizona
Rd3: Willie Beavers, T, Western Michigan
Rd4: Kyle Murphy, T, Stanford
Rd5: David Onyemata, DT, Manitoba
Mock Draft Order:
7. 49ers - DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon
8. Eagles - CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
9. Buccaneers - DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
10. Giants - OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
11. Bears - LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
12. Saints - DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
13. Dolphins - LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
14. Raiders - CB Mackenzie Alexander, Clemson
15. Rams - QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
16. Lions - DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson