The third mock draft by ESPN's Todd McShay, published Thursday, has the Lions taking Florida State center Cameron Erving with the No. 23 pick in the first round.
Erving (6-5, 313 pounds) was an All-ACC first-team performer in 2013 and 2014. He is also a two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, presented annually to the ACC's top blocker, as voted on by league head coaches and defensive coordinators.
McShay on the Lions and Erving: "The Lions could look to draft a defensive tackle here whether Ndamukong Suh returns or not -- Nick Fairley, Andre Fluellen and C.J. Mosley are all free agents as well -- but that isn't their only need. Cornerback, wide receiver and running back are other positions they could address, and the offensive line needs help, too, with quarterback Matthew Stafford being sacked 45 times last season. Erving could take over at center for Detroit, moving Travis Swanson to left guard. Those two, plus a healthy LaAdrian Waddle, would fill out a strong offensive line, with right guard Larry Warford and left tackle Riley Reiff playing at above-average levels at their respective positions."
McShay also has Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes going No. 11 to the Vikings.
In his second mock draft, published earlier this month before the NFL combine, McShay had the Lions taking Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown. But Brown has moved up to No. 17 (Chargers) in McShay's opinion and Waynes also has risen, from No. 14 (Dolphins).
Michigan receiver Devin Funchess, who had a sub-par performance in the 40-yard dash at the combine, is no longer in McShay's first round. He had been matched with the Browns at No. 19.
Here is McShay's 3.0 mock and analysis (pay site).
Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News published his first mock draft on Wednesday.