NFL Network's Mike Mayock released his first-ever "official" 2011 NFL mock draft just in time for the real thing. In his first and only mock draft, he has the Detroit Lions selecting Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo with the 13th overall pick. Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara isn't available for the Lions to pick, but Mayock does have them passing on Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, who isn't off the board until the 20th pick in this mock.
Mayock says selecting Castonzo is a "no-brainer pick for the Lions." He thinks Castonzo could join the Lions, spend his rookie season at right tackle and then replace Jeff Backus in 2012. Mayock describes Castonzo as a guy that could be the Lions' left tackle for the next 10 years to protect Matthew Stafford.
Personally, i don't see the Lions going down this path. While it is important for them to build for the future with Backus not getting any younger, I think they can do that without taking an OT in the first round. With all of the defensive talent expected to be available for the Lions when they go on the clock, I would much rather them improve that side of the ball than worry about the O-line. At the very least, I'd prefer they trade down if they do decide to go with an OT.
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