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Lions 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Detroit Takes Stephon Gilmore With The 23rd Pick

The Detroit Lions have a desperate need to improve their secondary, especially after losing veteran Eric Wright to Tampa Bay in free agency. For that reason, in Brad Wells' latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft at SB Nation's Mocking The Draft, the Detroit Lions select South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the 23rd pick.

According to ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay, Janoris Jenkins and Dre Kirkpatrick are both better prospects than Gilmore, but they've also both had run-ins with the law and teams naturally have some concerns over their character. Gilmore has both size and speed and reports are that he's been a great leader at South Carolina. Via Brad Wells:

The Lions secondary is a joke. Look for them to go corner in the first round of the real draft. Here, they don't have to settle with potential coach-killing head case Janoris Jenkins. Gilmore flashed 4.40 speed at the Combine, which is impressive for a 6'0 corner.

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