With the #20 pick in the TST Mock Draft, Detroit selects...

Here's LARamsFan29 with the #20 pick.

With the #20 pick in the TST Community Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select Peria Jerry - DT - Mississippi

After bolstering their offensive line by selecting Eugene Monroe with the first overall pick, the Detroit Lions look to provide muscle on the Defensive Line with the second best DT in the draft. After ranking dead last in the NFL in rushing defense last season, as well as 27th against the pass and 16th in sacks, the Lions cannot afford to pass up this athletic anchor up front to free up space for DEs Dewayne White and Cliff Avril, as well as linebackers Ernie Sims and recently acquired Julian Peterson. Jerry has good play recognition and an excellent burst off the line of scrimmage which allows him to get penetration on run plays and sacks on passing plays. Although middle linebacker may be a more pressing need on the defensive end for the Lions right now, there is a good chance Ohio State middle linebacker James Laurinaitis will still be there with the first pick in the second round for the Lions taking. I also considered the third best quarterback in the draft, Josh Freeman from Kansas State, but given the amount of needs elsewhere, especially on defense, I can't see the Lions taking a chance on a talented yet unpolished prospect. Jerry fills a much needed gap if the Lions want to avoid getting gashed on the ground for a second year in a row and will hopefully add another piece to the rebuilding puzzle the Lions face as they look to establish a foundation at the line of scrimmage for years to come.

Hard to argue with the Lions' strategy we've seen in our draft, building from the inside out. 

On the clock: Philadelphia at #21 represented by hambone38.

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