NFL Draft season is moving at a high pace now and that means it’s time to revisit a Lions Wire tradition of running fan based mock drafts. This is the first of what will be several mock drafts throughout the offseason, where the results are based entirely on Detroit Lions fans voting.
For those new to the format, we use Fan Speak’s On the Clock Mock Draft simulator and pick one the latest draft board available to run the exercise — in this version, we selected Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller’s board.
Each round, Lions Wire selects the best four realistic options available at the pick and present them via Twitter poll for the #OnePride community to vote on. After the voting for that round closes, the simulator is run again with the fan-voted selection(s) applied and a new round of options is presented on Twitter for the next round of voting. This continues until all picks are completed.
Here are the results from version 1.0:
In the closest vote of the day, Houston beat out LSU corner Greedy Williams by a single vote, each earning around 35-percent of the vote. A popular player mocked to the Lions, Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell came in third in the voting at 18-percent and LSU linebacker Devin White finished out the vote earning 12-percent.
Oliver is sure to turn some fans away because of the wealth of defensive tackles — Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson and Da’Shawn Hand — on the roster but in coach Matt Patricia’s scheme he would fit like a glove and make the defensive line even more versatile.
For a further explanation on how Oliver fits, be sure to check out the Lions Mock Draft roundup from January 15th.