We looked at 50 mock drafts for the Detroit Lions, here’s what we found

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“The Detroit Lions have a top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.”

The Lions are slated to pick from the No. 7 spot, but it’s what is around the Lions that makes everything so interesting.

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A handful of teams either want a QB and will wait in their current draft position, or they are looking to trade up. A team that wants a quarterback or may need to trade up could look at the Lions for a potential target.

Here’s a look at 50 mock drafts including our own Dave Birkett:

Detroit Lions’ most popular 2021 mock draft picks

Penei Sewell: 12

Micah Parsons: 9

Jaylen Waddle: 9

DeVonta Smith: 4

Christian Darrisaw: 3

Ja’Marr Chase: 3

Patrick Surtain II: 2

Rashawn Slater: 2

Caleb Farley: 1

Trey Lance: 1

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50 Mock Drafts (writer’s most recent)

1. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press:

2. Nate Davis, USA Today: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech; Projected trade to No. 15

3. Charles Davis, NFL Network: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

4. Bucky Brooks, NFL Network: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

5. Rhett Lewis, NFL Network: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

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6. Chad Reuter, NFL Network: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State; Projected trade to No. 9

7. Peter Schrager, NFL Network: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech; Projected trade to No. 16

8. Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern; Projected trade at No. 9

9. Peter King, NBC Sports: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

10. Pro Football Talk: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

11. Chris Simms, NBC Sports: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

12. ESPN NFL Nation: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

13. Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State; Projected trade to No. 15

14. Pro Football Focus: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

15. Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

16. Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama; Projected trade to No. 9

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17. Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama; Projected trade to No. 15

18. Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

19. Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech; Projected trade to No. 15

20. Walter Cherepinsky, Walter Football: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

21. Charlie Campbell, Walter Football: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

22. Dane Brugler, The Athletic: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

23. The Athletic NFL writer mock draft: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

24. The Sporting News: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

25. Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

26. Colin Cowherd, Fox Sports: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

27. Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

28. Jordan Reid, The Draft Network: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

29. Brently Weissman, The Draft Network: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

30. Ryan Fowler, The Draft Network: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

31. SB Nation: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

32.  Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

33. Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama; Projected trade at No. 15

34. Tankathon: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

35. Mark Schofield, Touchdown Wire: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama; Projected trade at No. 9

36. Bleacher Report: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

37. The Ringer: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech: Projected trade at No. 13

38. Yardbarker: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

39. Pro Football Network: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State; Projected trade at No. 13

40. AL.com: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State; Projected trade at No. 13

41. NBC Sports Chicago: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

42. Sportsnet: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

43. Drafttek: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

44. Denver Post: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

45. The Sports Bank: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

46. NFL Trade Rumors: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

47. Buzzfeed: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

48. Draft Kings: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

49. NBC Sports Philadelphia: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

50. Mass Live: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

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