With the 23rd Pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions Select...

Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With the 23rd pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select...

Mark Barron, S, Alabama

This selection and write-up was made by nickmar19:

Detroit made great strides last year and made it to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. I always like to see the Lions do well and I was excited for them to have a strong year. With all of the attention I paid to them, I saw they had no pass defense, no running game, and a quarterback with a history of injuries. I bounced around them drafting a left tackle or a running back, but with some further investigating, I remembered the running backs got the injury bug bad and the line actually had a pretty solid year.

Ultimately, I decided their biggest weakness was the secondary. With the draft's best safety, Mark Barron, on the board. and with three tackles already taken, he was hard to pass on. He is described as a three-year starter with great size and instincts. He isn't afraid to get his nose dirty and he would fit in perfectly with the Jim Schwartz-led Lions. He is just what the Lions need: a ball hawk. I expect him to step in right away and take the starting job from Amari Spievey and help improve the Lions shabby secondary.

I can't argue with this pick too much in terms of position. We saw how easy Matt Flynn was able to torch the Lions' secondary last season (although, by virtue of losing Eric Wright, the Lions automatically improved). Hopefully for them, drafting a safety will point them in the right direction for pairing a decent defense with an already-explosive offense.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock next (pick received by rdy).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck
QB Stanford Ryno III
2 Washington
Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Groza
3 Minnesota Matt Kalil LT USC pt_999
4 Cleveland Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State rufio
5 Tampa Bay
Trent Richardson RB Alabama Rounds94
6 St. Louis Morris Claiborne CB LSU SpecialBrownie
7 Jacksonville Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Chalmdeezy
8 Miami Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama gentryholdem
9 Carolina Dontari Poe DT Memphis nickjs21
10 Buffalo Melvin Ingram OLB South Carolina The New Kardiac Kids
11 Kansas City
David DeCastro OG Stanford Brownie's Year
12 Seattle Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College Jon @ DBN
13 Arizona Riley Reiff OT Iowa Browns town
14 Dallas Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama bross09
15 Philadelphia Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State PaduaDSP
16 N.Y. Jets
Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Legoman0721
17 Cincinnati
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech Bernie19Kosar
18 San Diego Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois Adrock2099
19 Chicago Jonathan Martin OT Stanford OrangeAndBrownFever
20 Tennessee Andre Branch DE Clemson iwearmocs
21 Cincinnati Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Bernie19Kosar
22 Cleveland Nick Perry DE USC rufio
23 Detroit Mark Barron S Alabama nickmar19
24 Pittsburgh rdy
25 Denver notthatnoise
26 Houston troy145
27 New England
Boston Browns
28 Green Bay
ScottJC
29 Baltimore Ecwingen
30 San Francisco -bobby-
31 New England
Boston Browns
32 N.Y. Giants
Red-Right-88
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