2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 23

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. Up now is the Detroit Lions with the No. 23 overall pick.

With the 23rd pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Pride of Detroit managing editor Sean Yuille explains his pick after the jump and I respond. For the latest on the Lions (and there's quite a bit going on), make sure to follow along at PrideOfDetroit.com.

Sean Yuille explains: As tempting as it was to go defensive line in the first round for the Lions for the third year in a row and select somebody like defensive end Whitney Mercilus, I couldn’t pass up the chance to improve the Lions’ secondary. A year ago, when it was suspected that Janoris Jenkins would go pro, many people had predicted the Lions to take him with the 13th overall pick. Then he decided to stay in school and ultimately landed at North Alabama after being kicked out of Florida.

There are definitely several character concerns surrounding Jenkins, but the Lions have a very strong locker room, especially on defense. There are a lot of leaders on the team who would take Jenkins under their wing, and he is talented enough to select, even with the concerns. He has been compared to Asante Samuel, who the Lions nearly acquired last summer and were briefly linked to at the end of March. Rather than give up a few draft picks and a high salary to trade for Samuel, the Lions’ best bet is to draft a player like Jenkins. He would fill a big need at cornerback and immediately improve the Lions’ pass defense.

Dan Kadar responds: Defensive back seems to be the obvious area of need for the Lions. The team's current expected starting corners are Chris Houston (who is solid) and Aaron Berry (who is similarly average). But Houston is in the final year of his contract and there is little quality depth. So the position is on the money. The player, however, may not be. It's hard to see the Lions going after a player like Jenkins following the drug-related issues involving running back Mikel Leshoure and defensive tackle Nick Fairley. A player like Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming may be a more appropriate choice.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
12 Devon Still
DT Penn State
prospect notes
15 Michael Brockers
DT LSU
scouting report
16 Dont'a Hightower
MLB Alabama
scouting report
18 Whitney Mercilus
DE Illinois
Coming soon!
19 Peter Konz
C Wisconsin scouting report

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6. St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Story
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