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2012 NFL Mock Draft: An Early Look At The Detroit Lions' Pick For Next Year

SB Nation has already released a 2012 NFL mock draft. Yes, it's probably way, way too early to start looking ahead to next year's draft when this year's just finished, but it's all in good fun.

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The first thing worth noting about SB Nation's 2012 mock is that the Detroit Lions aren't set to pick until the 16th overall selection. That indicates more progress with their record is expected during the 2011 season.

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The other thing worth noting about this mock is that the Lions are predicted to pick Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis. The explanation is that following a few strong drafts, the Lions' list of needs is shrinking. Adding a linebacker like Lewis would help them turn a potential need into a strength going forward, which is essentially what they've done with the defensive tackle position in the first round the last two years.

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SB Nation has full coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft (we're not completely moving on to 2012 just yet) at its NFL Draft hub and NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft. For more on the Detroit Lions, make sure to check out Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream.